Official sacked after diary excerpts reveal sexual exploits, graft
Mimi Lau in Guangzhou
A Guangxi tobacco official whose sexual escapades and corrupt activities came to public attention when his diary was leaked on the internet has been sacked and kicked out of the Communist Party for allegedly taking bribes.
The Guangxi Tobacco Monopoly Administration had sacked 53-year-old Han Feng, head of its sales department, and stripped him of his party membership, The Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday.
Han was arrested on Saturday for accepting bribes of 482,000 yuan (HK$547,000) and an apartment worth 300,000 yuan while head of the tobacco monopoly authorities in Qinzhou and Laibin from 2002, a notice posted on the website of Guangxi's People's Procuratorate said.
It said Han had taken advantage of his position while giving out government construction contracts from 2002 to last month.
If convicted, he could be jailed for up to 10 years.
Earlier reports said Han had been suspended from his post after an investigation by the party's disciplinary watchdog.
Han's sex scandal was dubbed 'Diarygate' by local media after a string of explicit entries allegedly written by him were posted online this month.
The diary's author gave detailed accounts of sex with five female subordinates and other colleagues, the amount of bribes he took from business partners and friends, and prolonged drinking sessions in 2007 and 2008.
It is unclear why Han's diary, which identified the parties involved by name, was posted on the internet, but the juicy details sparked a nationwide outcry.
The identities, including photos and profiles, of some of the women mentioned have been exposed on online forums after internet users launched vigilante-style data searches, known on the mainland as 'human-flesh searches'.
Internet users have also used the scandal to satirise rampant corruption among officials.
Han is not alone in falling from grace after having his antics exposed online.
In Zhanjiang, Guangdong, a deputy judge from the Potou District People's Court was brought down nine months after an online article about his extravagant wedding banquet when he married a woman in her 20s, The Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday.
Chen Peilin, also 53, was arrested last month on suspicion of taking bribes. His third wedding - on May 23, 2008, in Guangzhou's White Swan Hotel - sparked controversy because it coincided with nationwide mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Chen later turned in part of the red packet money collected during the banquet to the Potou authorities but it was not enough to get him out of trouble, the newspaper said.
The city's procuratorate refused to reveal details of Chen's case or the amount of bribes involved.