China formally arrests Xinjiang ex-governor in bribery case

April 03, 2019 - 1:52 am

BEIJING (AP) — China says the former governor of the restive Xinjiang region has been formally arrested on accusations of taking bribes.

Nur Bekri, who most recently headed the National Energy Administration planning agency, will proceed to prosecution and almost certain conviction at trial.

The nation's top prosecutor said the step was taken Tuesday after the combined Communist Party-government investigatory body had completed its work. Bekri has already been expelled from the party.

Bekri is accused of using his authority to aid others in job placement, business operations and mineral resource development in exchange for large amounts of money and property.

Bekri was one of the most senior officials from the predominantly Muslim Uighur (WEE-gur) ethnic minority, who by the tens of thousands have been detained in re-education camps in Xinjiang.

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