Anti-graft of­fi­cial in vice probe

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XU WEI xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

An anti-graft of­fi­cial in Sichuan prov­ince has been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter he was caught so­lic­it­ing a pros­ti­tute.

The probe into Liu Rui, for­mer di­rec­tor of Deyang city’s dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion com­mis­sion, was an­nounced on Thurs­day, a day af­ter the coun­try’s core lead­er­ship called for more su­per­vi­sion of of­fi­cials in­volved in the crack­down on cor­rup­tion.

Liu, 53, was still head of the anti-graft watch­dog when he com­mit­ted se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions, namely so­lic­it­ing a sex worker, ac­cord­ing to Li Yong, a spokesman for the city govern­ment.

The Sichuan Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, which re­leased the news of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said it had no fur­ther com­ment on the case when con­tacted by China Daily.

The Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, the core lead­er­ship, held a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day to step up the an­ticor­rup­tion cam­paign, es­pe­cially in terms of su­per­vis­ing dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cials.

es­ti­mated num­ber of dis­ci­plinary em­ploy­ees pun­ished in the cor­rup­tion crack­down since 2012

Anti-graft agen­cies and su­per­vi­sion de­part­ments at dif­fer­ent lev­els should ac­cept over­sight from the Party, the public and the me­dia, and im­prove self-su­per­vi­sion, the Polit­buro said in a state­ment af­ter the meet­ing.

China should also push for­ward re­form of the State su­per­vi­sion sys­tem, it added.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­plinary In­spec­tion, the top-level watch­dog, is ex­pected to hold its sev­enth ple­nary meet­ing from Jan 6 to 8.

Wang Qis­han, head of the CCDI, has pledged that his agency will close loop­holes in the sys­tem to en­sure of­fi­cials are loyal and clean.

“We should pro­vide a suit­able an­swer to the ques­tion of who can su­per­vise dis­ci­pline in­spec­tion com­mis­sions,” he was quoted as say­ing in a Dec 6 state­ment on the CCDI web­site.

The anti-cor­rup­tion agency is ex­pected to draft guide­lines next year to steer the work of dis­ci­pline watch­dogs at all lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the same state­ment.

The CCDI said it has pun­ished 38 dis­ci­pline of­fi­cials work­ing at the na­tional level since Novem­ber 2012, when the Party held its 18th Party Con­gress. Seventeen of them were placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over al­le­ga­tions of se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions.

Mean­while, dis­ci­plinary agen­cies at all lev­els na­tion­wide pun­ished a to­tal of more than 7,200 em­ploy­ees in­volved in the crack­down on cor­rup­tion over the same pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Huang Zhiling con­trib­uted to this story.

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