Greed key mo­ti­va­tion be­hind of­fi­cials’ il­le­gal ac­tions

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Edi­tor’s note: Cor­rup­tion Fight Is Al­waysUn­der­way, a doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion and CCTV, con­tin­ues to broad­cast the sto­ries of for­mer se­nior of­fi­cials ac­cused of cor­rup­tion dur­ing the coun­try’s anti-graft drive. The se­ries, which be­gan lastMon­day, con­sists of eight episodes over nine days (Satur­day was ex­cluded) at 8 pmon CCTV-1. The in­ter­views were con­ducted while the for­mer of­fi­cials were de­tained, but be­fore any court ac­tion.

Pan Guangxu,

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Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­men­tary, Pan asked lo­cal vil­lagers to pro­vide fake iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards and forged doc­u­ments for land ex­pro­pri­a­tion projects be­tween De­cem­ber 2012 to May 2013.

He col­lected 3 mil­lion yuan ($443,000) in com­pen­sa­tion by us­ing the fab­ri­cated doc­u­ments. An­other 15 of­fi­cials and func­tionar­ies have been found in ca­hoots with Pan and col­lected a to­tal of about 280 mil­lion yuan by us­ing fab­ri­cated re­lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion. Ac­cord­ing to dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties in Yin­hai district in March, 11 of the of­fi­cials have been jailed, three have been ex­pelled fromtheParty, one has been re­moved froma pub­lic post and an­other has been given a warn­ing. Zhang Shi­long, for­mer­head­ofthe­so­cial­wel­fare of­fi­ceinNingyang­coun­ty­ofTa­ian,Shan­dong­province

The court in Ningyang county sen­tenced him to 10 years and six months in prison on Oct 22, 2014. Zhang later ap­pealed to the Ta­ian In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court, but was re­jected.

The doc­u­men­tary shows that Zhang em­bez­zled 157,400 yuan in pub­lic funds for kids of about 20 fam­i­lies in des­ti­tu­tion. The chil­dren are ei­ther or­phans or live with dis­abled par­ents.

Zhang told the fam­i­lies that the monthly ben­e­fits would start to be dis­trib­uted in Oc­to­ber 2013, though the money should have been given to the fam­i­lies start­ing in Jan­uary that year.

LIU CHAOFU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Vil­lagers fire guns dur­ing a per­for­mance for tourists in Bi­asha vil­lage, Guizhou prov­ince, in Oc­to­ber.

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