Ex-Nan­jing top of­fi­cial ad­mits graft

YangWeize was ac­cused of abus­ing his po­si­tions, ac­cept­ing mil­lions in bribes

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Yang Weize, for­mer Party chief of Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, stood trial on Wed­nes­day for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing bribes of 16.4 mil­lion yuan ($2.48 mil­lion).

The for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial was tried at the Ningbo In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Zhe­jiang prov­ince. Yang pleaded guilty. The court’s ver­dict will be an­nounced later.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ningbo procu­ra­torate, Yang, to­gether with his wife, ac­cepted large amounts of bribes from 2005 to 2014 by us­ing his po­si­tions to seek prof­its for oth­ers.

It said that he made use of his po­si­tions as a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Jiangsu Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee and the Party chief ofWuxi and Nan­jing. He helped Zhao Jin, son of a for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial, and other com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als, gain ben­e­fits in de­vel­op­ing real es­tate and in of­fi­cial pro­mo­tions.

Zhao Jin, a real es­tate de­vel­oper in Tian­jin, was­de­tained in 2014, which re­port­edly led to his fa­ther, Zhao Shaolin, be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. Zhao Shaolin was a for­mer mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the CPC Jiangsu Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee and sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the pro­vin­cial Party Com­mit­tee.

Zhao Shaolin­wascharged in the Ningbo court last month. He was ac­cused of as­sist­ing his son in il­licit busi­ness op­er­a­tions, of­fer­ing bribes and com­mit­ting fraud in pur­chas­ing for­eign cur­rency. Other charges in­cluded in­dulging his son in open­ing pri­vate clubs and at­tend­ing ban­quets to give bribes.

Yang, born in 1962, be­gan his ca­reer as an of­fice worker at the Jiangsu pro­vin­cial trans­porta­tion depart­ment in 1981. He be­came the mayor of Suzhou in 2001 and the Party chief of Wuxi in 2004.

From 2011 to 2015, he worked as the Party chief of Nan­jing. He was also an al­ter­nate mem­ber of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. Yang was stripped of the post and ex­pelled from the Party, and his case was handed over to ju­di­cial author­i­ties, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion an­nounced in July last year.

Yang al­legedly had a tense re­la­tion­ship with Ji Jianye, the for­mer mayor of Nan­jing.

Ji was sen­tenced to 15 years in prison and fined 2 mil­lion yuan in 2015 for re­ceiv­ing 11.3 mil­lion yuan in bribes be­tween 1999 and 2012. In 2013, he be­came the first pro­vin­cial-level of­fi­cial to face an anti-graft in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Jiangsu.

China’s top pros­e­cut­ing depart­ment has urged procu­ra­torates across the coun­try to take a tough stance on of­fi­cial mis­con­duct in food and drug safety su­per­vi­sion.

The Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bureau of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate onWed­nes­day re­quired procu­ra­torates at all lev­els to look into cases in­volv­ing dere­lic­tion of duty and mis­con­duct in food and drug safety in­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the procu­ra­torate.

The doc­u­ment listed six cat­e­gories of cases that must be given ex­tra at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing of­fi­cials who are found to have turned a blind eye to il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in food and drug in­dus­tries, who failed to file and hand crim­i­nal cases to ju­di­ciary de­part­ments, and those sus­pected of fal­si­fy­ing the re­sults of food tests or an­i­mal and plant quar­an­tines.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials who so­licit and ac­cept bribes, as well as busi­ness­peo­ple who of­fer bribes to of­fi­cials for il­le­gal gains in food and drug in­dus­tries will face stricter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the top procu­ra­torate said.

Procu­ra­torates at all lev­els were asked to work closely with su­per­vis­ing de­part­ments of food and drug safety, po­lice de­part­ments and court­houses to share in­for­ma­tion, in­ves­ti­gate and file cases.

“Sys­temic prob­lems ex­ist­ing in food and drug safety in­dus­tries must be tack­led. Loop­holes in su­per­vi­sion must be closed, and procu­ra­torates should help su­per­vi­sory bod­ies to step up preven­tion in ad­vance,” the top procu­ra­torate said in the state­ment.

Yang Weize, for­mer Party chief of Nan­jing

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