Officials confirmed on Tuesday that the top public prosecutor in Shenyang, in the mainland’s northeast, who was plucked by graft-busters out of a key provincial meeting last month, is now under investigation for corruption, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.
The newspaper cited sources, including the spokesperson of the local government in Shenyang (the capital city of Liaoning Province), as saying that Zhang Donyang, the chief prosecutor of the Municipal People’s Procuratorate, was taken into custody by party discipline and inspection authorities in January.
The investigation is said to be related to Zhang’s misconduct between 2004 and 2010 when he headed the party committee of Liaozhong county in central Liaoning, which is under the jurisdiction of Shenyang.
He is suspected of “illegally raising funds” for real estate and misallocating the funds, anonymous sources told the newspaper. The exact nature of the illegality of his funding activities, however, remained unclear.
The news apparently confirmed social media rumours last month that Zhang was detained immediately after the closing ceremony of the provincial People’s Congress and People’s Political Consultative Conference on January 21.
He joins numerous other officials at provincial and municipal levels who have been netted in an anti-corruption campaign in the country.
This includes an investigation into former deputy national police chief Li Dongsheng, who was believed to be one of the close associates of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang – who is himself under house arrest and has been investigated for graft by a special unit set up by the state.
Last Tuesday, the Politics and Law Committee also announced on its official website its investigation into 10 government officers, and vowed it would adopt the “zero tolerance approach” towards corruption, referring to an undated statement against corrupt officials by President Xi Jinping.
In last year, the anti-graft watchdog investigated 24,521 cases and punished 30,420 officials for violating the eight-point directive issued by the central party committee in 2012, according to Huang Shuxian, deputy head of the Communist Party’s internal anti-graft commission.
The directive orders officials to cut down on excess, including in official banquets and ceremonies.