Of­fi­cial probed on graft al­le­ga­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cial is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion, the coun­try’s top anti­graft agency an­nounced on Fri­day.

Li Dong­sheng, a vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity, is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for “sus­pected se­ri­ous law and dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions”, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China said in a state­ment re­leased on Fri­day evening.

Li is also the deputy head of a cen­tral lead­ing group for the preven­tion and han­dling of cult-re­lated is­sues, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The com­mis­sion gave no fur­ther de­tails about the case.

Li, 58, is a mem­ber of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. There are 205 mem­bers, mostly of­fi­cials at and above min­is­te­rial level, on the com­mit­tee.

Li is the sec­ond mem­ber of the 18th CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to be in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion. Jiang Jiemin, for­mer head of the State-owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion, was in­ves­ti­gated in Septem­ber.

There are nine in­cum­bent vice-min­is­ters of pub­lic se­cu­rity, and Li ranks No 2 among them.

Li, who used to be deputy head of China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, was deputy head of the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee from 2002 to 2009 be­fore he be­came vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity in Oc­to­ber 2009.

At least 15 min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials have been in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion since the CPC elected its new lead­er­ship in Novem­ber last year.

On Wed­nes­day, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said that Tong Mingqian, vice- chair­man of the Hu­nan Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected se­ri­ous law and dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions.

On Dec 6, Chen Anzhong, deputy di­rec­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Jiangxi Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress, was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the com­mis­sion.

The com­mis­sion said ear­lier this month that 19,896 of­fi­cials had been pun­ished for vi­o­lat­ing the rules of clean gov­er­nance as of late Oc­to­ber.

Jiang Ming’an, a law pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said anti-graft au­thor­i­ties have taken un­prece­dented mea­sures to­ward cor­rupt of­fi­cials since the 18th Na­tional Congress of the CPC last Novem­ber.

“Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping vowed to fight both tigers ( se­nior of­fi­cials) and flies (low-level of­fi­cials) at the be­gin­ning of this year, and the pub­lic can see the cen­tral au­thor­i­ties’ de­ter­mi­na­tion on anti-cor­rup­tion,” he said.

Of­fi­cials should be su­per­vised through mul­ti­ple chan­nels, in­clud­ing peo­ple’s con­gresses, the Party’s dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties, and pub­lic opin­ion, to pre­vent cor­rup­tion, Jiang said.

In a sep­a­rate case, Cao Jian­liao, 58, deputy mayor of Guangzhou, cap­i­tal of Guang­dong prov­ince, was in­ves­ti­gated by the pro­vin­cial anti-graft au­thor­i­ties for “grave dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tion”, the China News Ser­vice re­ported on Fri­day.

Li Dong­sheng, vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity

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