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China Corruption Blotter (April 1, 2013)

Yang Jie, deputy mayor of Xuwen County (Zhanjiang city, Guangdong Province), was placed under investigation after netizens alleged Yang was beaten by six women in a hotel after dumping his mistress. The source of the original allegation later deleted the post, and Yang denied the incident took place.

Sui Yagang, former Deputy Director of the Traffic Management Bureau of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, was tried for accepting as much as $179,536 in bribes from several private enterprises, including Beijing EVERYWAY Traffic & Lighting Tech. Co., Ltd. and Beijing Borui Julong Computer Technology Co., Ltd. Sui was in charge of traffic management projects between 1998 and 2011. He was arrested in July 2012.

Chen Tao, a former officer of Urban Construction Research Institute in Beijing Municipal Housing and Urban-Rural Development Committee, was sentenced to ten years for accepting bribes and holding a huge amount of unexplained assets. Chen was responsible for maintaining records for housing registrations and property transfers. Prosecutors said he took $641,200 in bribes to approve housing applications for more than 200 applicants who were unqualified to purchase properties in the capital.

Shan Zengde, former Deputy Director of Agriculture Department of Shandong Province, was dismissed and expelled from the Party for allegedly accepting bribes and having a mistress. In Nov. 2012, netizens posted what they claimed was a “letter of commitment” Shan wrote to his mistress promising to divorce his wife. Disciplinary officials have confirmed Shan’s extramarital relationship.

Ye Jiren, former Deputy Director of Standing Committee of Wenzhou (Zhejiang Province) People’s Congress, is on trial for alleged power abuse tied to the “shopping basket program,” a country-wide government project to improve urban food supply. When Ye was deputy mayor of Wenzhou, he allegedly granted land-use rights to Wenzhou Cailanzi Development Co., an unqualified private company, to set up a vegetable market, resulting in a loss of $18.4 million to the state. The company turned out to be illegally established by executives at state-owned firm Wenzhou Cailanzi Group.

Wang Weimin, Party secretary of Sanyuan County (Shaanxi Province), was given a Party warning after an online post alleged Wang invested $160,300 in Sanyuan Xinyuan Flour Co., Ltd, a private company. The post also alleged his son held shares in the company and three hukou (residence permits). Investigators verified the investment-related allegations, and found that for two years Wang’s son held two hukou, one of which was cancelled by police earlier this month.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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