Wine, sleaze, wealth blights China`s officialdom
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 16:00
  
Beijing: Wine, sleaze and wealth are turning out to be the bane of the Chinese communist cadre and bureaucracy once famous for their discipline as China opened more of its complex socialist order to capitalism.

The three evils haunting the ruling communist party has prompted an anti-graft campaigner to set up a "Traitors Museum" to highlight the menace.

Fan Jianchuan, who operates a private museum in Chengdu in South West China, invited nominations for the 100 most corrupt officials of the century to preserve the list of disgraced for posterity, even as the official media here has reported two more cases of corruption at senior levels.

A former party chief of Ouhai district at Wenzhou in east China has been put under criminal detention for allegedly killing his mistress as well as for corruption, officials said.

The Standing Committee of Ouhai District People's Congress has dismissed Xie Zaixing from his post due to the allegations. A local police official told China Daily that Xie was arrested on Sunday from a bathroom at a hotel room in Wenzhou and is suspected of choking his mistress, Shao Huiling, with a quilt during a quarrel.

Shao, who was in her 30s was the deputy secretary of the youth league of Sanmen county and reportedly had an affair with Xie for over 10 years.

Xie was also alleged to have taken over 37 hectares of farmland.

Meanwhile, media in Beijing was busy covering the bribery trial where two female celebrities and a large amount of money were the star attractions.

Wang Yi, former vice-president of State-run China Development Bank stood trial at the Beijing No 1 Intermediate People's Court yesterday, pleading guilty to the charge of accepting bribes of more than USD 1.76 million.

According to the China Daily, he confessed that he "used his power and his influence to make profit for others and himself".

During the trial testimony by Li Tao, a businessman from Hong Kong who bribed Wang with CNY 5 million named two famous celebrities - movie star Zhao Wei, and the anchor of China Central Television, Liu Fangfei, the Beijing Evening News reported.

Li, who has also been arrested, said years ago he invited Wang to attend an opening ceremony for his company in Shenzhen in South China.

Zhao arrived with Wang and was later given a USD 43,944 "appearance fee", the report said. Zhao's agent, Chen Rong, denied Li's remarks.

"Zhao did attend an activity in Shenzhen 10 years ago, but it was completely a commercial event, just like a commercial performance. We were invited by a public relations company and we do not know Wang or Li at all," Chen told Sina.com, a popular online portal.

According to charges brought by the No 1 branch of the Beijing Municipal People's Procuratorate, Wang, 54 who had an impressive record before his arrest received all of his bribes by helping others to get loans.

Wang is one of eight ministerial-level officials being investigated for corruption last year.

Others include Huang Songyou, former vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, and Chen Shaoji, former top political adviser of Guangdong province in South China.

According the official media, these are not rare cases and "rogues list" is increasing.

Yang Xianghong, the former Party secretary of Lucheng district in Wenzhou, who was suspected of corruption, fled to France during a business trip in September 2008.

Dai Guosen, the former deputy Party secretary and director of the Economic and Technological Development Zone of Wenzhou, was sentenced to 13 years in jail in November for taking bribes of more than USD 221,000.

Huang Anbo, a former top official of Pinyang county in Wenzhou, was given a jail term of 11 years in December for accepting huge bribes.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 01, 2010, 16:00


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