Hotan Party chief ex­pelled for graft, sex

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­

Zhang Jin­biao has been re­moved from his post as Party chief of Hotan pre­fec­ture in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion and ex­pelled from the Party over graft is­sues, the Xin­jiang Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said on Sun­day.

The watch­dog said Zhang, 53, was found to have se­ri­ously vi­o­lated po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline and rules and did not per­form his duty to com­bat ter­ror­ism and main­tain sta­bil­ity, which had se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

Zhang vi­o­lated Party rules and ac­cepted cash or gifts. He also vi­o­lated Party dis­ci­pline by hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual re­la­tion­ships, the com­mis­sion said.

Ac­cord­ing to the watch­dog, he used his po­si­tion to ben­e­fit oth­ers in en­ter­prise man­age­ment, and then ex­torted them and ac­cepted huge bribes paid either in cash or prop­erty.

The com­mis­sion said Zhang had a weak sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and was derelict in his duty with re­gard to many acts of vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Xin­jiang. He also lost his ideals and faith, and se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the Party’s code of con­duct, it added.

Zhang’s case has been trans­ferred to ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Since late 2012, when China’s new lead­er­ship took of­fice, the coun­try has con­ducted a sweep­ing drive to fight cor­rup­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the top anti­graft watch­dog, more than 150 of­fi­cials at min­is­te­rial level or above have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for cor­rup­tion.

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