Deputy tourism chief ousted amid probe

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A top of­fi­cial of theNa­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion has been ousted from the Com­mu­nist Party of China and re­moved from his post, the latest charges amid an in­ten­si­fied, na­tional anti-graft cam­paign.

Huo Ke, 54, was put un­der a graft probe in Jan­uary, a month af­ter he was named tourism head in De­cem­ber.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, China’s top anti-cor­rup­tion au­thor­ity, said onWed­nes­day that it had filed a case against Huo with the ap­proval of the Party’s cen­tral lead­er­ship.

Huo was sus­pected of tak­ing and of­fer­ing bribes, and leak­ing Party and State se­crets, a state­ment pub­lished on the com­mis­sion’s web­site said.

“Huo se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the reg­u­la­tions about in­tegrity and self-dis­ci­pline, mis­used public power in of­fi­cial pro­mo­tion pro­ce­dures and in­ter­fered in busi­ness oper­a­tions. In ad­di­tion, Huo was in­volved in im­ped­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the state­ment said.

Huo con­tin­ued such be­hav­ior af­ter the cen­tral lead­er­ship be­gan to clamp down on cor­rup­tion in late 2012, the state­ment said. The com­mis­sion said it will hand over ev­i­dence to CANADA pros­e­cu­tors for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Huo spent the prime of his ca­reer in the Gen­eral Of­fice of the Com­mu­nist Party’s Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, where Ling Ji­hua, a se­nior Party of­fi­cial who had ac­cu­mu­lated il­licit wealth, was ex­pelled from the Party and re­moved from his post last month.

Huo served un­der Ling for more than 10 years as he worked through the ranks to the head of the sec­re­tar­iat of the Gen­eral Of­fice, then was ap­pointed deputy head of tourism on Dec 16, Bei­jing News re­ported.

Huo worked in the Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion for only a month. On Jan 16, the top anti-graft au­thor­ity an­nounced an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his con­duct.

Ling, 59, was vice-chair­man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence Na­tional Com­mit­tee and head of the United Front Work Depart­ment be­fore he was ousted.

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