Ex-dis­ci­pline of­fi­cial faces graft penalty

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Zhang Huawei, a for­mer dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cer at the vice-min­is­ter level has been ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China over graft is­sues and se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of the Party’s code of con­duct, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

The top anti-graft watch­dog will also can­cel Zhang’s re­tire­ment ben­e­fits and con­fis­cate his il­le­gal gains, the CCDI said in a state­ment on its web­site on Wed­nes­day.

Zhang, a for­mer in­spec­tor with cen­tral in­spec­tion teams, was found to have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline and used his po­si­tion to in­ter­fere with the work of in­sti­tu­tions be­ing in­spected, the watch­dog said. He also re­sisted the Party’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it said.

Zhang vi­o­lated the Party’s rules on build­ing a clean gov­ern­ment, and at­tended ban­quets with the po­ten­tial to in­flu­ence his fair­ness in car­ry­ing out his of­fi­cial du­ties. He also ac­cepted a car paid for by oth­ers. In ad­di­tion, he abused his power to gain ben­e­fits for oth­ers, and then ac­cepted pay­offs ei­ther paid in cash or prop­erty, the watch­dog said.

The CCDI said that as a se­nior in­spec­tor in the Party, Zhang had lost his ideals and be­liefs, se­ri­ously vi­o­lated Party ex­pec­ta­tions, and didn’t cease his in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior even af­ter the 18th CPC Na­tional Congress in late 2012, when the new lead­er­ship took of­fice.

The Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the CPC ap­proved his ex­pul­sion from the Party, and ev­i­dence of crim­i­nal wrong­do­ing has been trans­ferred to ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Zhang in April. Since Novem­ber 2012, China has un­der­taken a special cam­paign to tar­get both “tigers and flies”, re­fer­ring to high-rank­ing or low-rank­ing of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to t he CCDI, more than 150 high-rank­ing of­fi­cials at min­is­te­rial level or above have been probed for al­leged graft, in­clud­ing Zhou Yongkang, China’s for­mer se­cu­rity chief, who was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment in June 2015.

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