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Corruption in China’s Coal Industry Snares High-Ranking Officials

From the China Compliance Digest (Issue No. 19: June 11, 2012):

According to the Chinese media, corruption in the Inner Mongolia coal industry brought down the region’s former Party secretary Liu Zhuozhi, who was recently tried for accepting bribes totaling 8.7 million yuan (US $1.36 million).
Liu is reportedly the highest-ranking provincial official to stand trial in a Beijing court so far this year.
He was formerly head of agriculture and farming, housing, urban and rural construction, and environmental protection projects within Inner Mongolia.
At least three of Liu’s former subordinates are facing or have faced corruption charges.
Last month, authorities in southeastern Guangdong Province detained Wu Huasen, former Guangdong Bureau of Coal Geology Director and Guangzhou China Coal Jiangnan Foundation Engineering Co. general manager. Wu is alleged to have profited from bribes paid by companies seeking government contracts.
In Henan Province, Deng Zhenju, former deputy director of Xinmi City Bureau of Geology and Mineral Exploration, received a 13-year prison sentence for corruption involving more than 1.5 million yuan (US $235,000).
Sources: Beijing Evening News (北京晚报), Jinghua Times (京华时报), Legal Daily (法制日报), Henan Legal Daily (河南法制报)


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