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Former Chinese official Liu facing bribes probe

AFP, BEIJING

China’s former top economic policymaker Liu Tienan (劉鐵男) has been placed under judicial investigation for suspected bribe taking, state media reported yesterday.

“The Supreme People’s Procuratorate has decided to open an investigation into the case of Liu,” Xinhua news agency said.

The announcement came after the Chinese Communist Party earlier this month expelled Liu, once the deputy director of the influential National Development and Reform Commission, as leaders wage a high-profile campaign against corruption.

On Aug. 8, Xinhua, citing the party’s anti-corruption watchdog, said Liu “took advantage of his position to seek profits for others” and was “morally degenerate.”

“Both Liu and his family accepted huge amounts of bribes,” it added.

Liu lost both his party and government posts.

Expulsion from the party is normally a precursor to criminal prosecution for Chinese officials and yesterday the official news agency said an investigation into Liu was “underway”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) took office in March vowing to root out corrupt officials ranging from high-ranking “tigers” to low-level “flies,” and warning that the problem could destroy the party.

Early last month, former Chinese minister of railways Liu Zhijun (劉志軍) was given a suspended death sentence for huge bribery.

Also last month Bo Xilai (薄熙來), the former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) secretary of Chongqing — until last year one of China’s 25 most powerful politicians — was indicted for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Xinhua reported yesterday that Bo would go on trial on Thursday.

A series of low-level officials have come under investigation as well, often after ordinary Chinese exposed their often-salacious alleged scandals online.

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