Top en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fi­cial be­ing in­ves­ti­gated

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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