A CCTV reporter who was detained last Thursday night by a district procuratorate in Shanxi was being investigated for taking bribes after she worked on a report accusing the chief prosecutor of abuse of power. In a statement published on its news portal, jcrb.com, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said Taiyuan's Xinghualing District Procuratorate suspected CCTV reporter Li Min of taking bribes and using 'the convenience of being a reporter to gain interests for others'. Li's case was filed on December 2 and she was officially detained last Friday, the statement said. Mainland media reported on Monday that a female reporter for a 'well-known CCTV legal programme' was taken away on Thursday night by four plain-clothes prosecutors sent by He Shusheng , chief prosecutor of the Xinghualing District Procuratorate. The Beijing Times said that Li, with two legal reporters from two Beijing-based newspapers, went to the district procuratorate in October to investigate tip-offs that the procuratorate used criminal means to intervene in financial disputes between a Guangdong businessman, identified as Mr Wu, and a Taiyuan businessman, Mr Hao. Earlier media reports said Mr He had tried to intimidate the reporters to stop them pursuing the story and hinted they might lose their journalist credentials. The reports said Mr He demanded the journalists leave Taiyuan immediately. The chief prosecutor had insisted the reports were groundless. Mr Wu has reportedly been detained three times by the procuratorate on charges of giving bribes, contract fraud and libel against Mr He, but he has been released each time because of insufficient evidence. Li's lawyer, Zhou Ze , said his client was accused of taking more than 200,000 yuan (HK$226,000) in bribes from Mr Wu's brother. Mr Zhou said Li had become romantically involved with Mr Wu's younger brother because of the case and the fact that the younger brother had given his girlfriend more than 200,000 yuan as a gift should not be seen as a bribe. He also argued it was not appropriate for the same district procuratorate that was accused of power abuse to handle the Li bribery case because of a conflict of interest. But a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate said it had determined that Xinghualing District Procuratorate was the appropriate body, according to relevant regulations on jurisdiction of an area. The website, which featured the statement as its main story yesterday, also carried analysis by a senior procurator in Zhejiang saying that the relevant laws only prohibited individuals with interests in the case from involvement but not an entire office. The author said the district procuratorate was bound by law to carry on the investigation into Li as ordered. The analysis also argued that exchanging cash or gifts between family members in return for favours was still considered bribery.