The former head of the Shekou police station in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, and two of his officers will be formally charged with accepting bribes in return for releasing 28 suspects arrested for gambling and drugs, according to the city's anti-corruption office Saturday.
The former head of the station in Nanshan district, surnamed Sun, 47, and two officers surnamed Chen and Lin were detained in early August for taking bribes and abusing their power, the prosecutor's office of Shenzhen said in an August posting on its official Weibo.
Sun is alleged to have accepted 500,000 yuan ($79,178).
Twenty-eight people were detained for gambling after a raid on a private recreation center on March 22. Four of the suspects were caught taking drugs and one was in possession of drugs, reported chinanews.com Sunday.
The owner of the recreation center, surnamed Zhang, is accused of giving 500,000 yuan to Sun and asked him to release the 28 suspects without charge.
Chen allegedly received 7,000 yuan for tipping off Zhang of pending inspections and raids from October 2011 to March 2012. Lin is charged with taking 15,000 yuan from Zhang for turning a blind eye to gambling and drug taking in the Yu'er community.
"The Yu'er community has a mix of people, some of whom are involved in gambling and other illegal activities. Community police officers are more susceptible to being bribed as they often have to deal with them," an anonymous police officer told the Southern Metropolis Daily.
"According to the Criminal Law, police officers who take 100,000 yuan in bribes could face a minimum of 10 years in jail. Sun could receive the most severe punishment for taking huge bribes and abusing his power," Wu Ji, a lawyer specializing in criminal defense from Hengye Law Firm, told the Global Times.
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