Top environmental official being investigated
A former top official at the Ministry of Environmental Protection has been held for investigation on corruption charges as the nationwide anti-graft campaign reaches more sectors.
Zhang Lijun, 63, the former vice-minister, “seriously violated Party discipline and laws”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s top antigraft body, said.
Zhang spent 24 years his career at a variety of of environmental protection entities. He was appointed head of the Environmental Protection Bureau in Jilin province at the age of 37 and served as vice-minister of environmental protection from 2008 to 2013.
The Paper, a media outlet in Shanghai, cited anonymous sources at the ministry who said Zhang is suspected of taking bribes when he was head of China Environment News, a newspaper run by the ministry.