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Chinese newspaper accuses official of Games corruption

AFP, BEIJING

The security head of Shenzhen allegedly funneled construction projects for the 2011 World Student Games worth hundreds of millions of dollars through his family, state-run media reported yesterday.

Jiang Zunyu is suspected of “serious discipline and law violations,” a euphemism for corruption, the China Daily newspaper said, citing provincial investigators.

The case in the southern industrial hub bordering Hong Kong is the latest example of official corruption in China, where Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to root out graft at all levels.

More than half of the 14 billion yuan (US$2.3 billion) spent on the 2011 Summer Universiade went on new sports facilities, and Jiang was responsible for projects totaling 2 billion yuan, the paper said.

Jiang subcontracted the Chinese government orders through a “bogus company” owned by his wife, who would then receive a commission, it added.

His wife and daughter are also under investigation, the paper said.

Corruption is frequently linked to the construction industry in China.

In May a National Energy Administration official whose job involved approving the construction of power projects, was found to have kept more than 100 million yuan in cash at his home.

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