HK water supply official arrested

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 12:00am

A Shenzhen official has been arrested and accused of taking bribes in connection with a project to supply Dongjiang River water to Hong Kong.

Zhang Guangsong, 50, former division head of Shenzhen's municipal water resources department, is accused of taking bribes amounting to 1.68 million yuan (HK$1.58 million) in 1997 and 1998, the Southern Metropolitan News reported.

Zhang was in charge of a massive water supply project and his work involved choosing contractors.

The Guangdong provincial prosecutions office said that when Zhang took charge of the project he took 1.2 million yuan as a bribe from a developer in exchange for short-listing the businessman's company for the project.

Zhang also allegedly took more than 400,000 yuan in bribes from a sub-contractor to pay two mistresses to keep quiet about his extramarital affairs, the report added.

The report alleged that Zhang had accumulated more than 10 million yuan in personal wealth through property and stock investments.

Hong Kong receives part of its water supply from the Dongjiang River. Part of the project was to construct three large tunnels.

Zhang's arrest is part of an anti-corruption campaign by the Guangdong provincial Government, which arrested 1,302 people in the first half of this year, six of them bureau chiefs.

Those arrested include: Huang Yinchu, former Bank of China chief for Guangdong; Li Weifeng, former boss of the Zhuhai city government-run petrochemical firm; the former party boss of Puning, Ding Weibin; and former Zengcheng city party chief Zheng Jinrong.