The man entrusted with building possibly the world's largest network of ringroads, around China's expanding capital, Beijing, has been handed over for criminal investigation for taking huge bribes, state media said yesterday.
\nBi Yuxi, head of the Capital Road Development Corporation and a deputy director of the Beijing City Transport office, had been expelled from the Communist Party for his "degenerate" behavior and was under investigation, the Beijing Youth Daily said in a front-page article.
\n"He several times accepted huge bribes," the newspaper said. "Bi Yuxi was morally degenerate and his lifestyle was decadent and dissolute."
\nHe had been handed over to judicial authorities for criminal investigation, the newspaper said. Chinese media, unrestrained by contempt of court laws of the West, often quote police confirming a defendant's guilt or confession before a case has come to court.
\nIt is the first major corruption case to break in the capital, Beijing, since President and party chief Hu Jintao took over the party in November 2002 and his state post in March last year.
\nIt was unclear how wide the net would be cast or whether other officials with the firm -- closely linked with the Beijing government -- were under investigation.
\nThe case is the latest sign of worsening graft in China. More than 20,000 corruption cases were investigated in the first six months of this year, Procurator-General Jia Chunwang (
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