CRIME

Law professor accuses senior Hunan police official of graft and multiple rapes

Investigation by academic is latest example of civilian involvement in fight against corruption

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 11:03am

A law professor has accused a former deputy police head in Hunan province of amassing millions in bribes and illicit proceeds, as well as multiple counts of rape, in the latest example of civilian involvement in the crackdown on official corruption.

Yang Zhizhu, an associate law professor at China Youth University for Political Sciences, told the South China Morning Post yesterday that he wrote to the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection about alleged irregularities implicating Tang Zhongyuan, an executive deputy director of Hunan police from late 2008 until July 2011.

In the letter, which was also addressed to the intra-party disciplinary body at the provincial level, Yang said that his investigations, with help from local police, uncovered at least four properties owned by Tang, including a three-storey mansion in his home village in Qidong county, Hengyang .

Yang posted a copy of the letter to his Sina microblog account, but it appeared to have been deleted last night.

He also accused Tang of raping at least three mistresses, including a woman who relocated to Hong Kong with Tang's child several years ago. Another local woman was raped in 2009 in Tang's attempt to make her one of his mistresses, Yang said .

Yang said had become emboldened by others who have come forward lately, and wanted to speak out on behalf of his cousin, who was also a deputy head of Hunan police who was disgraced in 2011 after falling out with Tang. The cousin was sentenced to life in prison on a bribery conviction.

"I'm not trying to settle a personal vendetta, as my cousin is actually guilty of some of the charges," Yang added.

Yang said he had learned that the central disciplinary authorities referred his allegations to provincial party disciplinary inspectors in Hunan, but the provincial publicity department said that it could not confirm whether Tang was under investigation.

Yang said he gathered most of the leads from Hunan-based police officers during a trip to the province earlier this summer.

He also alleged that that one of Tang's nephews was caught with at least 2kg of drugs in his car earlier this year, but was released with Tang's intervention. Yang also accused Tang of covering up the drug abuse of a subordinate who passed out from a drug overdose while studying at the Chinese People's Public Security University in 2009.