Re­turnees from over­seas con­fess to crimes

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA -

Ed­i­tor’s note: Cor­rup­tion Fight Is Al­ways Un­der­way, 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 on Mon­day last week, 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.

Wang Guo­qiang, former top of­fi­cial in Fengcheng,

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­men­tary, Wang went to the US on a reg­u­lar Chi­nese pass­port in April 2012, 20 days after he was re­moved from his post as the top of­fi­cial in Fengcheng. He turned him­self in to the po­lice in De­cem­ber, 2014. He was pros­e­cuted in Septem­ber last year. In his con­fes­sion, Wang elab­o­rated on the rough con­di­tions of his US stay, de­scrib­ing it as a des­per­ate pe­riod of time be­cause of the fear of be­ing caught when­ever he was in a public place. He said he dared not to live in a ho­tel be­cause he would be dis­cov­ered when us­ing his pass­port.

Li Huabo,

a former fi­nan­cial of­fi­cial in Poyang, Jiangxi prov­ince

Li re­turned on May 9 last year and turned him­self in to the po­lice after four years on the run in Sin­ga­pore. He was ac­cused of em­bez­zling nearly 100 mil­lion yuan ($15.4 mil­lion), which was sent back to China after Sin­ga­pore can­celed his per­ma­nent res­i­dency per­mit, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­men­tary. He is al­leged to have mis­used his pow­ers at Poyang’s fi­nance bureau to em­bez­zle money fromthe lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture fund with former co-work­ers be­tween 2006 and 2010.

“My daugh­ter said: ‘What’s this all about? You and mom have nice jobs and you are an of­fi­cial. You have enough money!’ I felt in­com­pe­tent as a fa­ther.” “I got into gam­bling there (casi­nos in Ma­cao) after vis­it­ing for the first time. Re­gard­less of the con­se­quences, I lost heav­ily, but came back with public money.”

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