Guangzhou corruption probe snares two officials

Police chief and top publisher caught accepting bribes and abusing their power

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 4:00am

The Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog in Guangzhou said yesterday it had wrapped up internal investigations into two high-profile corruption cases, amid a provincial-wide campaign targeting officials.

The city's former deputy police chief, He Jing , and the former publisher of the official Guangzhou Daily, Dai Yuqing , have been handed over to prosecutors for alleged economic crimes, the city's Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its official microblog yesterday.

Guangdong party chief Wang Yang is championing the anti-graft campaign, which has resulted in 132 officials being sacked since February, according to the Nanfang Daily.

The allegations against He indicate that he accepted bribes, maintained long-term affairs with several women and held a large amount of wealth and property from unidentified sources since 2003. The crimes took place while he served as the chief of the Baiyun district Public Security Bureau and then as deputy chief of police in Guangzhou, China News Service reported, citing a press conference held one week ago by Guangzhou's Bureau of Corruption Prevention.

Dai was accused of "severely violating party disciplines" by abusing power to promote subordinates and taking bribes when serving as publisher of the Guangzhou daily between 2006 and 2011.

Dai is also deputy director of the committee for economic affairs of Guangzhou's Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Seven people from the subsidiaries of the Guangzhou Daily group were also implicated in Dai's case and were under investigation, Xinhua said.