IT ministry official sacked over corruption

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 July, 2011, 12:00am


A former top official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has been sacked and expelled from the Communist Party for corruption, the ministry's website said yesterday.

Su Jinsheng is the ministry's former chief engineer.

He was transferred to the judicial authorities for 'taking bribes' and leading 'a lavish and corrupt lifestyle' and his illegal gains confiscated, it said, citing an unnamed official at the supervision department of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Su, 56, was detained for questioning, domestic media reported on March 23, days after he failed to turn up at work.

A commission spokesman confirmed that Su was under investigation by the supervision bureau of the discipline-inspection team at the ministry.

A ministry spokesman refused to provide more details of Su's case.

The ministry's website announced on April 28 that Su had been removed from his post.

A report in March in the International Financial News, a newspaper under the People's Daily group, quoted a telecoms industry insider as saying that Su might have been involved in the corruption case at China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile carrier, which came to light at the end of 2009.

A China Mobile spokesman said yesterday that it was not able to provide more information because Su was an official with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The company's former human resources manager, Shi Wanzhong, was given a suspended death sentence in May for taking millions of US dollars in bribes from German industrial giant Siemens, Caixin Century Magazine reported.

Nine China Mobile executives - including the heads of its branches in Chongqing and Sichuan and its former Communist Party chief and vice-president, Zhang Chunjiang - were detained in less than two years for corruption. quoted an unnamed source in late May as saying that the questioning of China Mobile executive Ma Li on corruption allegations had led to the investigation of at least 60 people in a case that could involve 350 million yuan (HK$420 million).

Su's online profile shows he had worked in the telecoms industry since the 1990s. He was acting party chief of China Mobile in 1999, when it was founded.

He was chief of the ministry's telecoms management bureau from 2000 to 2009 before being appointed chief engineer in April 2009.