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China’s ex-train boss charged with bribery

BEIJING — The man who spearheaded China’s showcase bullet train network has been charged with taking bribes and abusing his power, two years after he was ousted from his job as railways minister

Prosecutors submitted the lawsuit against Liu Zhijun on Wednesday, a court press office official said. ‘‘The date of the trial will be released in due time,’’ said the officer, who refused to give his name as is common with Chinese officials.

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Liu, 60, was appointed railways minister in 2003 and dismissed in February 2011 for unspecified discipline violations. He was also stripped of his position as the ministry’s Communist Party chief.

The indictment accuses Liu of using his status as a state official to seek benefits for others and of accepting large financial incentives, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. It also said that malpractice and abuse of power by Liu caused huge financial losses for the state.

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The case is one of China’s biggest graft investigations and highlights rampant corruption in the railways, which many Chinese depend on.

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