Another top Anhui official investigated

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 July, 2006, 12:00am

A vice-governor of Anhui province in charge of land and property development is being investigated by the Communist Party's disciplinary committee, according to a Hong Kong-based human rights group.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has relocated Tian Weiqian for 'studies' since June 29, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said yesterday.

It was unclear what Mr Tian was being investigated for, but sources told the human rights group that the vice-governor was free and could telephone his family.

Anhui has recently been the target of investigations by the disciplinary commission. Four provincial and city officials, including Vice-Governor He Minxu , have been placed under shuanggui, a form of Communist Party detention for investigation.

The 21st Century Economic Herald yesterday quoted Wu Xiulan , a deputy secretary of the Anhui Commission for Discipline Inspection, as confirming that He's activities were being scrutinised by anti-graft investigators.

'Investigators from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection took action [against He] on June 22,' the newspaper quoted an official in Anhui as saying.

He's investigation was reportedly linked to a sports lottery scandal in Fujian involving a former top sports official. He allegedly accepted bribes.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the director of the Public Security Bureau in Tianjin , Wu Changshun , had been released from detention over bribery claims.