Top official on run to escape graft charges held in China

A top Chinese official was arrested from central China`s Henan province, officials said.

Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 23:07 PM IST

Beijing: A top Chinese official, who was
evading arrest for eight months after he was accused of
involvement in corruption cases, was arrested from central
China`s Henan province, officials said on Wednesday.

Li Weimin, 54, former vice secretary of the Anyang
Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC),
disappeared in May last year, a spokesman for the Public
Security Bureau of Anyang in Henan Province said.

Police apprehended Li on Monday in Sanmenxia, another
city in Henan, the spokesman said, without providing further
details about the detention.

Li`s disappearance made headlines in Chinese media
last year. He was expelled from the party in June on charges
of committing a count of crime known as "taking advantage of
his position."

Although local authorities have given no details of
his crime, media reports have linked him with a string of
corruption cases revealed last year in Sanmenxia, where Li
worked as a senior CPC and government official from 1998 to
2009, official Xinhua newsagency reported.

President Hu Jintao said Monday the CPC and his
government will wage the fight against corruption with greater
determination and more forceful measures as the situation
remained "grave."

PTI