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Four customs officials in Shanghai detained for corruption

Four senior officials at Shanghai Customs have been detained in a graft probe, signaling that China’s anti-corruption campaign has reached increasingly deeper into Shanghai’s officialdom.

Local English news portal Caixin.com said various sources confirmed that the detained officials are Bian Zuyao, former deputy head of Shanghai Customs, Ling Xiong, director of the Waigaoqiao District anti-smuggling bureau, Zhu Liang, director of the Processing Trade Supervision Division, and Han Jinxi, former director of the No. 2 Field Operations Division.

Bian was taken away by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection around July 11 and held in custody in Zhengzhou, capital city of Henan Province. He was in charge of finance and processing trade supervision before his retirement.

The other three officials’ were detained around August 10 by Zhengzhou prosecutors, sources told Caixin.
Authorities found over 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) in cash at Bian’s home and at least six properties registered under his name. Bian also reportedly bribed a senior government official with multiple properties.

The office building of Waigaoqiao District customs, which was built by a contractor chosen by Bian, has been found to have quality problems, sources said.

Ling and Zhu are being investigated for sales of smuggled cars and bonded goods respectively.

Han is suspected of having sold newly imported vehicles as used ones to profit from lower tax.

Sources: Caixin, Shanghai Daily

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Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with the China Compliance Digest, where a version of this post first appeared.

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