Xinhua News Agency

Lawmaker suspended over lurid pictures

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 August, 2011, 12:00am

A senior local lawmaker in Henan province has been suspended from his post after lurid sexual images of him were posted online by a woman who claimed he had taken advantage of her.

Tian Hanwen, a Communist Party official with the Standing Committee of the Ruyang County People's Congress, was removed yesterday after a disciplinary taskforce sent from Luoyang found he had been involved in the scandal, an unnamed official told the China News Service.

An anonymous woman had posted four photos of a woman she claimed was herself and a middle-aged man, both naked in a hotel room. She said Tian claimed he would find her a job in return for sex, but never did so.

The woman also made public two phone numbers, one of which was found to belong to Tian.

She said she was not the only woman Tian had cheated in such a way over the years, Xinhua reported.

The posting has been seen by more than 700,000 users online so far.

Meanwhile, police in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, said three obscene photos allegedly involving an official with the city's top planning agency were fakes, Southern Metropolis News reported on Wednesday.

One of the four naked men pictured with a women on a bed was said to be Cheng Jianjun, deputy head of the fee-collection department with the Kunming Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.

The report said Liu Xinggui, a disciplinary official with the agency, denied speculation that Cheng had either been removed from his office or transferred, saying Cheng still had his job although he was working at another location while the matter was investigated.

Many internet surfers wrote on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that they did not believe the denial.

'You said there was no one called Cheng Jianjun in your agency the day before yesterday,' said one. 'Who will trust what you've said any more?'