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Former Chinese vice public security minister goes on trial accused of taking bribes

A former vice minister of public security has gone on trial in northern China accused of taking bribes.

The official Xinhua News Agency says prosecutors in Tianjin city accuse Li Dongsheng of taking advantage of several government posts he held between 1996 and 2013 to seek profits through bidding processes and job transfers.

Li previously also had a number of other titles, including vice director of the office responsible for cracking down on the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual movement. He was also deputy head of state broadcaster China Central Television.

Xinhua said Wednesday that he received directly or via relatives 22 million yuan ($3.5 million) in assets and bribes between 2007 and 2013, citing prosecutors.

The verdict will be announced at a later date.