Rio Tinto executives in China admit taking bribes

by David Barboza

Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, after meeting Monday with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People. Pool Photo: Feng Li/Pool photograph

SHANGHAI — China’s high-profile prosecution of executives of the British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto took a bizarre turn on Monday, as the executives, once accused of spying, confessed instead to accepting bribes from Chinese steel makers.