Vice-president of Xinjiang Police College, Li Yanming, subject of graft probe

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 3:30am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 6:44pm

A senior official from Xinjiang has become the latest to fall under President Xi Jinping's intensifying anti-corruption drive.

Li Yanming, vice-president of the Xinjiang Police College, is being investigation for "suspected serious disciplinary violations", according to an announcement on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection's website yesterday.

It did not give further details of the investigation. Li was last seen in public last month. Li took up the post in June, and in December was named to the Xinjiang Communist Party's central committee and appointed party secretary of the police college.

Since becoming head of the Communist Party, Xi has repeatedly vowed to fight "tigers" and "flies"- powerful senior officials and low-ranking bureaucrats who damage the party's reputation with ill-gotten wealth.

Established in 1950 as a training school for public security cadres, Xinjiang Police College has been the backbone of the region's public security system. It did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

An inspection team sent by the central government arrived in the region last month. The team, led by former vice-minister for water resources Zhang Jirao, began its two-month inspection on March 31. It is not known if Li's downfall was linked to the team's arrival. Last year, the inspection commission handed state prosecutors the cases of 2,871 public servants at the county-level and above