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Biggest ‘Tiger’ so far falls in China anti-graft sweep

Su Rong, former vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, courtesy of WikipediaThe highest-ranking Chinese official since President Xi Jinping launched a massive campaign against corruption was formally removed from his post Wednesday.

Su Rong, a former vice chairman of China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was considered a “state leader” in the official hierarchy, CNN reported Thursday.

The Party’s disciplinary commission said he is under investigation for the “serious violation of laws and Party disciplines.”

After the investigation of Su became known, state-run Xinhua news agency said 30 “tigers,” as the country’s top politicians are known, have now been rounded up.

Su and his wife allegedly profited through bribes and illegal land deals when he ran the southeastern province of Jiangxi. He was also accused of  tampering with evidence in a criminal trial and covering up the death toll after the breaching of a local dam.

Su has ties to Zhou Yongkang, the former domestic security czar who has been under investigation for some time.

State media has reported official probes into many of Zhou’s family members as well as his former associates, and the seizure of assets worth at least $14.5 billion. 

In September 2013, state media closely followed the trial of former politician Bo Xilai — once a member of the all-powerful Communist Party Politburo — who was convicted of graft, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Bo was convicted of bribery and abuse of office. The court said he tried to cover up his wife’s guilt in the murder of a U.K. businessman. He was kicked out of the Communist Party and stripped of his official duties.

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Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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