Former Hudong-Zhonghua Head Pleads Not Guilty
The former board chairman of China’s state-owned Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard, Gu Tiquan, charged for taking bribe, pleaded not guilty before Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court on Monday, December 1st.
Gu Tiquan is accused of taking bribes from a steel supplier totaling USD 932,000 over 15 years (1998-2013).
While denying the charges, Gu explained that the steel company was co-founded by himself and two of his friends, and that the money in question belonged to him, according to Shanghai Daily.
Gu was arrested in May under suspicion of having committed “serious violations”.
The charges form part of a comprehensive corruption investigation that has resulted in prosecution of several officials, formerly employed in the shipyard.
China has launched an anti-corruption campaign early this year which has combed through various industries including now shipbuilding.
The country is set on bringing order to its fallen shipbuilding industry, which has been facing some turbulent times over the recent period, over-capacity being one of them.
World Maritime News Staff