Corrupt Guangzhou officials to face trial

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2007, 12:00am

Employees of a Guangzhou government office will face prosecution for taking bribes, according to mainland media.

The city's discipline authority found that 'numerous staff' of the Guangzhou Government Procurement Centre, including 'the person in charge', had violated the law, the Southern Metropolis News said yesterday.

The report did not specify the exact number of staff involved. It said major personnel changes were likely at the centre as a result of the discipline authority's actions.

The Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Guangzhou Party Committee said: 'We are not at liberty to disclose the details [of the cases] while they are being processed.'

The discipline authority had investigated the allegations for several months, the report said.

The discipline inspectors were ready to hand the suspects over to judicial authorities. The report also cited a report by the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court last year as saying all the government procurement cases prosecuted in the court involved bribe-taking.

One procurement centre employee, asked if she knew of any colleagues implicated in the case, said she was not allowed to answer the question. Another confirmed 'several colleagues have not been in the office for a period of time' but declined to provide details.