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China whistleblower exposes ‘bribery list’ naming 40 officials

Discipline authorities at Jingbian County of northwestern China’s Shaanxi province have launched investigations into more than 40 local government officials who have been implicated in an alleged “bribery list” scandal.

A gift list which surfaced online recently claimed that the owner of a local karaoke room, Wang Hong, had bribed local officials with gifts worth over 100,000 yuan ($16,300).

The list from whistleblower Jiang Yanhong contained detailed information of the alleged bribe givers, value of gifts, and names of over 40 recipients.

Jiang, a local teacher, confirmed with Beijing News that she had summited the whistleblowing materials to local police and discipline authorities, who are conducting the investigations.

Jiang said her husband Li Wen used to partner with Wang and a local official to run a local karaoke room, which went bankrupt after two years due to disputes among the owners.

Wang told Beijing News that he had never offered any gifts to local officials.

Wang Xinwei, a local police officer on the recipient list, called the online exposure groundless.

Sources: Beijing News (新京报), Huashang Newspaper (华商报)

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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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