Xin­jiang Uighur of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion: PRC

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

A se­nior eth­nic Uighur of­fi­cial in Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China (PRC)con­trolled vi­o­lence-racked Xin­jiang is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion, a gov­ern­ment no­tice said Sun­day, as cen­tral author­i­ties widen a highly pub­li­cized anti-cor­rup­tion probe.

Alim­jan Maimaitim­ing, sec­re­tarygen­eral of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of the far-western re­gion, is be­ing probed for sus­pected “se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions,” the Com­mu­nist Party’s anti-cor­rup­tion watchdog said, us­ing a com­mon term for cor­rup­tion.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI) gave no fur­ther de­tails of the charges in the brief state­ment posted on its web­site.

Vi­o­lent at­tacks and un­rest have been on the rise in re­cent years both across the PRC and in Xinji- ang, home to the mostly Mus­lim Uighur mi­nor­ity.

Bei­jing has blamed what it de­scribes as “ter­ror­ist” in­ci­dents on vi­o­lent sep­a­ratists from the vast, re­source-rich re­gion, where in­for­ma­tion is of­ten dif­fi­cult to ver­ify in­de­pen­dently.

Last Oc­to­ber, the Uighur mayor of the oa­sis town of Hotan, in Xin­jiang’s south­west, was held as part of a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Rights groups ac­cuse Com­mu­nist China’s gov­ern­ment of cul­tural and re­li­gious re­pres­sion that they say fu­els un­rest in Xin­jiang, which borders Cen­tral Asia.

Un­der PRC leader Xi Jin­ping, the rul­ing Com­mu­nist Party has re­peat­edly vowed to com­bat ram­pant cor­rup­tion in the face of public anger over the is­sue.

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