Former deputy mayor probed over graft claims

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 June, 2012, 12:00am
 

A former deputy mayor of Fuzhou is being probed for amassing numerous properties and cash of 30 million yuan (HK$37 million).

People's Daily yesterday reported that after an investigation was launched in April, the Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog found 17 property ownership certificates and the money in Yang Aijin's house.

Yang, 63, was a deputy mayor of Fujian's provincial capital from December 2007 to 2010.

He made his last public appearance as deputy head of the city's family planning association on March 23 at a variety show in Changle .

Last week, association staff said Yang had been absent from duty for more than three months. They refused to say whether he had been removed from office.

There has been widespread speculation of a probe on Yang since his removal from the people's congress of Fuzhou on April 24.

Yesterday's report said a businessman, a former confidant of Yang's who became embroiled in a business dispute with him, had accused Yang of graft.

Yang's son had started a funeral business with Lin, the businessman, but their relationship soured when they disagreed over the distribution of shares and profits.

The son later allegedly hired thugs to attack Lin.

Yang, who was in charge of agricultural and civil affairs as deputy mayor, oversaw the funeral business.

He used his authority to decide which firms would be given government subsidies so as to solicit illicit benefits for Lin.

It is also alleged that Yang was closely connected to property developers and had approved substandard construction work in Fuzhou.

The report quoted a person familiar with the probe as saying that Yang might have received more than 30 million yuan in bribes. It said Lin had given a detailed account of his allegations against Yang, and that several businessmen in Fuzhou were recently detained for the probe.

'It took great courage for Lin to report the allegations to the party disciplinary commission,' the report quoted another person close to the probe as saying.

2,500

The annual number of party cadres at or above the county level indicted for various economic crimes

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