For­mer NEA of­fi­cial charged with bribery

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN

A for­mer en­ergy of­fi­cial who con­cealed more than 200 mil­lion yuan ($32.2 mil­lion) in cash at his home will face charges of ac­cept­ing huge bribes and own­ing large amounts of prop­erty from un­known sources, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said on Wed­nes­day.

Wei Pengyuan, 56, was deputy direc­tor of the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s coal depart­ment from 2008 to lastMay and in charge of coal in­fra­struc­ture and project ap­proval.

The procu­ra­torate des­ig­nated the Baod­ing City Peo­ple’s Pros­e­cut­ing Depart­ment, in He­bei prov­ince, to con­duct a fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Wei’s case.

“The probe in­toWei’s case has con­cluded, and the pros­e­cu­tors will pros­e­cute­hi­mat a later date,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the SPP on Wed­nes­day.

The money is the larges t amoun t seized from an of­fi­cial in the crack­down on cor­rup­tion since the found­ing of New China in 1949, said Xu Jin­hui, direc­tor of the SPP’s anti-cor­rup­tion and bribery bureau.

In­May 2014, Wei was taken away by anti-graft of­fi­cers for se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party rules.

In Oc­to­ber, pros­e­cu­tors found 200 mil­lion yuan hid­den at his home, and 16 money scan­ners from banks were used at the scene to count the money — with four of them burning out dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Xu.

Wei Pengyuan

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