Those concerned about China’s judicial transparency after the secret Zhou Yongkang trial held earlier this year need worry no longer after an Anhui court allowed a highish-profile corruption trial to be broadcast on a giant monitor outside the building for all passers-by to see on Thursday.
Former Party member and county finance bureau chief Hu Wensheng was charged with bribery and abuse of power.
According to the prosecutor, Hu allegedly took bribes of more than 120 million yuan and his egregious dereliction of duty resulted in some 289 million yuan in lost funds.
Hu didn’t exactly provide compelling courtroom drama for the viewers outside. Instead, he read a confession stating that his criminal acts had brought harm to his family and friends and he deeply regretted what he had done. Also, he said he hoped his wife could feel happy with her life and continue to do good in the world.
The verdict has yet to be announced. Gotta say, doesn’t look good for Hu
NetEase reports that the giant LED screen has been put into use outside the courthouse recently and will broadcast important trials, activities and information for local residents.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]