Con­glom­er­ate boss in­ves­ti­gated

Let­ter from whistle­blower ac­cuses Song Lin of cor­rup­tion and bribery

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The head of a State-owned con­glom­er­ate is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a re­porter’s pub­lic ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion ear­lier this week.

The Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Song Lin, chair­man of China Re­sources Co, “for sus­pected se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of dis­ci­pline and law”, the com­mis­sion an­nounced on its web­site on Thurs­day evening.

On Tues­day, Wang Wen­zhi, a jour­nal­ist with The Eco­nomic In­for­ma­tion Daily, run by Xin­hua News Agency, pub­licly ac­cused Song of cor­rup­tion, in­clud­ing ac­cept­ing bribes, money laun­der­ing and keep­ing a mis­tress.

On Tues­day, Wang pub­lished a whistle­blow­ing let­ter through his Sina Weibo mi­cro blog. In the let­ter that was writ­ten to the CCDI, Wang said Song ac­cepted bribes and laun­dered money through a woman named Yang Li­juan, a Union Bank of Switzer­land em­ployee who Wang said was Song’s mis­tress. Wang also up­loaded a photo that al­legedly showed Song and Yang sit­ting to­gether on a bed in a ho­tel room.

Song re­leased a per­sonal state­ment on the com­pany’s web­site on Wed­nes­day that called Wang’s ac­cu­sa­tions “to­tally fab­ri­cated and ma­li­cious slan­der”.

In the state­ment, Song said that the ac­cu­sa­tions have ru­ined the rep­u­ta­tion of him, his fam­ily mem­bers, and the com­pany. He also called on the govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the case as soon as pos­si­ble.

Wang told The Bei­jing News on Wed­nes­day that Song had made two threat­en­ing phone calls to him last sum­mer, af­ter Wang had pub­licly ac­cused Song of cor­rup­tion re­lated to the ac­qui­si­tion of a State-owned coal com­pany in Shanxi prov­ince.

“He told me to watch out,” Wang was quoted as say­ing.

China Re­sources Co, with 400,000 em­ploy­ees, is a multi­busi­ness hold­ing en­ter­prise group reg­is­tered and op­er­at­ing in Hong Kong. Song was made the com­pany’s gen­eral man­ager in 2004 and be­came board chair­man in May 2008.

The com­pany was un­der su­per­vi­sion of the Sta­te­owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion in 2003 when it was listed as a key State-owned en­ter­prise.

China Daily could not reach the com­pany or Song for com­ment by Thurs­day evening.

It’s not the first time that of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gated af­ter be­ing pub­licly ac­cused of cor­rup­tion.

Lei Zhengfu, for­mer Party sec­re­tary of Beibei district in Chongqing mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was in­ves­ti­gated im­me­di­ately af­ter he ap­peared in a sex video that was posted on­line in Novem­ber 2012.

On June 28, Lei was sen­tenced to 13 years in prison and fined 300,000 yuan ($ 48,200) for crimes that in­cluded ac­cept­ing bribes to­tal­ing more than 3.16 mil­lion yuan.

Lei ap­pealed on July 13, and the Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal High People’s Court up­held the ver­dict dur­ing the fi­nal trial in Septem­ber.

YIN YAFEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A worker op­er­ates the ma­chine in a wa­ter de­sali­nat­ing work­shop at the port of Caofei­d­ian, He­bei prov­ince.

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