Gansu boss graft claims 'unfounded'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 September, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 September, 2002, 12:00am

A provincial government spokesman yesterday denied reports that Gansu Vice-Governor Guo Kun was being investigated for graft.

Chinese-language news portal yesterday quoted a government source as saying Mr Guo, 59, was being 'shuang gui' - a procedure that requires a cadre to report to the party's graft investigators.

The report alleged Mr Guo had conspired with an unidentified mistress in Hong Kong and received at least 2.7 million yuan (HK$2.55 million) in bribes.

The spokesman said the allegation was a fabrication.

Officials said Mr Guo had taken part in the Lanzhou Trade Fair, which closed on Saturday - a sign he was still politically active.

However, a senior government source said Mr Guo, who is due to retire next year, was under investigation but it was not a serious case. He refused to give details. 'They [Mr Guo's concerns] are just small problems,' the source said.