Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign

Officials unable to explain assets worth ‘hundreds of millions of yuan’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 February, 2015, 10:59am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 February, 2015, 5:02pm

Guangdong anti-graft investigators have revealed more details about the province’s top-ranked officials suspected of corruption, with some unable to explain the source of hundreds of million yuan in assets, the New Express reported.

Zhong Shijian, deputy head of Guangdong’s Commission for Discipline Inspection, said yesterday 95 senior officials in Guangdong, including bureau and departmental heads, were detained by anti-corruption investigators last year.

This was an increase of 1.5 times on the number of officials detained by the commission in 2013.

Guangdong had detained more high-ranking officials than any other province in China, Zhong told yesterday’s group discussion at the annual session of the provincial Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Zhong said some officials faced allegations of colluding with property developers and businessmen and failing to explain the source of huge assets.

In some case rampant corruption involving the leadership of a city had been uncovered.

Zhong said Jiang Zunyu, former secretary of the Municipal Politics and Law Committee – taken away by the committee for investigation in October – had allegedly been found, along with other family members, to own 42 apartments, along with deposits and stocks valued at more than 200 million yuan (about HK$250 million)

Jiang was unable to explain the sources of all these assets, Zhong said.

Luo Ou, deputy secretary general of the Guangdong provincial government, had also been unable to explain the sources of alleged assets of more than 100 million yuan, he said.

Huang Huahui, former deputy director of the land consolidation department under the Guangzhou land development centre, had allegedly been found to have accepted bribes of nearly 90 million yuan.

However, Zhong admitted that the current major anti-graft crackdown was not deterring some corrupt officials.

Pan Shengshen, former vice-chairman of the Guangzhou Committee of the conference, had allegedly continued to accept bribes of more than 12 million yuan even after Wan Qingliang, the former party head of Guangzhou, was detained over allegations of “serious violations of party discipline” – a euphemism often used to refer to corruption.

Zhong also said that nine out of a total of 11 senior leaders in Lechang, a small city in northern Guangdong, had allegedly been discovered accepting bribes.