Nanjing mayor fired for corruption

Nanjing mayor Ji Jianye was fired for “suspected serious disciplinary violations” by the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 October, 2013, 3:58pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 October, 2013, 3:58pm

The mayor of Nanjing has been removed from his post for corruption, state media said on Saturday, the latest official to fall foul of a crackdown on graft.

Ji Jianye was fired for “suspected serious disciplinary violations”, Xinhua said, using a term that typically refers to corruption.

The decision was made by the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, it said in a brief dispatch.

Another Communist Party body, which investigates corruption, said on Thursday Ji was suspected of serious violations of party discipline and the law, but gave no further details.

Ji, 56, had been mayor of Nanjing, a city in the east of the country with a population of about eight million, since January 2010, according to his official biography.

A state-backed newspaper, the 21st Century Business Herald, said he was investigated over economic corruption and construction projects.

It quoted sources as saying Ji awarded projects to a company he had ties with.

Ji spent his entire political career in Jiangsu province, including stints as the mayor and party secretary of both Kunshan and Yangzhou.

In Nanjing, the provincial capital, he was the deputy party secretary as well as mayor.

China’s president Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on corruption at all levels of the government, calling graft a threat to the future of the ruling party.

But critics say the anti-corruption campaign by China’s new leaders has so far netted a series of low-ranking officials and only a handful of senior figures, with no reforms introduced to increase transparency to help fight graft.

Last month, a Chinese court sentenced former leading politician Bo Xilai to life in prison for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Bo, previously a member of the party’s 25-strong elite politburo and party chief of the vast southwestern municipality of Chongqing, was ousted from office last year after a scandal that saw his wife convicted of the murder of a British businessman.

Bo has vowed to appeal against his sentence.

In another recent case, the former vice governor of the northeastern province of Jilin, Tian Xueren, went on trial accused of taking 19.2 million yuan (HK$24.3 million) in bribes from companies and individuals.