Sinopec president Wang Tianpu. Image courtesy of Sinopec.

A former manager at China’s Sinopec pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accepting millions of dollars in bribes.

According to a statement from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection seen by Reuters, former Sinopec general manager Wang Tianpu pleaded guilty to corruption charges and of accepting $4.87 million in bribes.

A verdict has not been handed down yet.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has been cracking down on corruption at state-owned firms since taking office four years ago.

The trial follows an investigation conducted by the internal anti-corruption watchdog of the ruling Communist Party of China.

Wang was detained by Communist party officials in April 2015.

Wang resigned from his post as vice chairman and non-executive director at Sinopec’s publicly traded unit, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, that same month.

Wang’s arrest came just weeks after former China National Petroleum Corporation chief Jiang Jiemen admitted to taking bribes while running the state-owned firm.


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