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Chinese police officer suspended on suspicion of accepting bribes of cash and premium cigarettes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2016, 12:21pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 August, 2016, 12:21pm

A Jiangxi police officer has been suspended while under investigation of accepting bribes of money and expensive cigarettes, a mainland news website reports.

Fu Changqing, who was suspended from his post in Yongxiu, Jiangxi province, on Monday, was shown in a video posted online being given cartons of cigarettes and asking the person giving them to change the cartons of Chunghwa cigarettes for Jinsheng Qinghuaci, a more expensive brand, Thepaper.cn reported.

The man giving Fu the cigarettes also refers to 5,000 yuan (HK$5,800) in cash he gave the police officer earlier.

The new cigarettes Fu asked for cost about 1,000 yuan per 10-pack carton, which is 500 yuan more expensive than a carton of Chunghwa.

According to audio with the three-minute video, Fu said “definitely no” when was asked if two cartons of Chunghwa cigarettes was enough. The video also gave Fu’s personal information, including his position and cell phone number.

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The video did not identify what the payment was for, the report said.

The case is under investigation, according to the police office in Yongxiu.