Doc­u­men­tary high­lights con­fes­sions of cor­rupt of­fi­cials

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Ed­i­tor’s note: Cor­rup­tion Fight Is Al­ways Un­der­way, a doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and CCTV, con­tin­ued to show the sto­ries of for­mer se­nior of­fi­cials who have fallen from grace dur­ing the coun­try’s anti-graft drive. The se­ries, which was first broad­cast on Monday at 8pm on CCTV-1, fea­tures the cases of 10 for­mer pro­vin­cial or min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cials and a for­mer State leader. The in­ter­views were done while the for­mer of­fi­cials were de­tained, but be­fore any con­vic­tions.

Wan Qingliang, 52, for­mer top of­fi­cial in Guangzhou, Guang dong prov­ince

Wan was sen­tenced to life in prison for tak­ing bribes to­tal­ing more than 111 mil­lion yuan ($16.5 mil­lion) from 2000 to 2014.

The doc­u­men­tary showed that Wan had main­tained close re­la­tions with busi­ness peo­ple, es­pe­cially with one who ran a high­end res­tau­rant at the top of Baiyun Moun­tain in the city.

The lo­ca­tion used to be a pub­lic viewpoint for all vis­i­tors, but was turned into a pri­vate club.

Of­fi­cials and func­tionar­ies in Guangzhou had been fre­quently called to this res­tau­rant to re­ceive in­struc­tions from Wan about how to as­sist the owner and other busi­ness peo­ple in their in­vest­ment projects in the city.

Gu Chunli ,59, for­mer deputy gov­er­nor of Jilin prov­ince

Gu was pros­e­cuted in Oc­to­ber for mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing tak­ing bribes from those who seek job pro­mo­tions, im­ped­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions of anti­graft au­thor­i­ties, mis­us­ing power for his wife’s busi­ness and fre­quently visit­ing high-end clubs.

Ac­cord­ing to the sec­ond episode of the TV doc­u­men­tary, Wan made about 40 vis­its to such clubs in half a year be­fore he was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Oc­to­ber last year.

Gu worked in his na­tive Liaon­ing prov­ince for 38 years be­fore be­ing ap­pointed deputy gov­er­nor of Jilin prov­ince in Jan­uary 2013. He over saw ad­min­is­tra­tion in a va­ri­ety of sec­tors in the prov­ince, in­clud­ing work safety.

In July of that year, Gu was given a de­merit after a coal mine ex­plo­sion that killed 29 peo­ple in March and a fire at the Baoy uan­feng Poul­try Plant that took 121 lives in June.

“I never paid for my­self when I was with busi­ness peo­ple. I thought it was a com­mon prac­tice. I failed to bear in mind the im­por­tance of the ‘clean hands pol­icy’ in govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion.” “How come I’ve com­mit­ted such a crime? I deeply re­gret what I did. The big­gest les­son I’ve learned is that govern­ment of­fi­cials should prop­erly ad­dress their re­la­tions with busi­ness peo­ple.”

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