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China Corruption Blotter (May 12, 2014)

Yang Semao, deputy chief of Wukan Village, Guangdong province, was detained for allegedly taking bribes from public projects in the village. Yang admitted via his microblog Weibo account that he took bribes of $3,263 but donated them to a local school. He has been bailed out to prepare for the upcoming election of the village’s new leadership. Hong Ruichao, another deputy village chief, has also been detained on the same charge.  

He Huazhang, mayor of Suining city in Sichuan province, is being investigated for violating party disciplines. No details were given on his misconducts. He is widely seen as an ally of former Sichuan deputy party chief Li Chuncheng, who was removed from office and investigated for graft in 2012.

A court in Lanzhou has rejected an appeal filed by Yan Chenglu, former head of the Lanzhou Municipal Transportation Bureau, against his bribery convictions. Yan was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 for accepting bribes totalling $1.7 million in road projects bidding and personnel management. He also gained illicit benefits through controlling shares in a private company – Lanzhou Dongfang Auto Rental Co., Ltd.

Huang Yaxiang, deputy chief of Gangzha District in the city of Nantong (Jiangsu Province), has been detained on corruption charges. Discipline authorities said Huang seriously abused her position and took a huge amount of cash and gifts as bribes. Huang’s case has been transferred to judicial organ for criminal investigation.

An Xiaoyu, former vice-president of Sichuan University, one of China’s top public universities, is being investigated for discipline violations. Sichuan provincial discipline authorities have transferred An’s case to judiciary for criminal investigation, without giving further details.

Zhang Lizhi, former deputy chief of Baiyunebo Iron Mine under the state-owned Baotou Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd, was given a five-year jail term  for taking bribes totaling $48,178. The majority of the bribes were offered by mining equipment and products suppliers seeking procurement contracts with the iron mine.


Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content for the China Compliance Digest.

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