Yesterday’s front page of Beijing’s Mirror newspaper (法制晚报) reads: “Central Commission for Discipline Inspection reveals details of senior officials before they fell from power”. The article quotes statements by various officials at the Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection (CCDI), the Party’s internal disciplinary watchdog, and includes revelations on the corrupt activities of four particular officials.
Xie Guanghui 谢光辉, deputy director of the CCDI’s Clean Government Research Center (中纪委廉政理论研究中心), states that the many “achievements” in the anti-corruption campaign from the November 2012 18th Party Congress onwards are due to the fact that the utmost resources have been devoted to investigating and punishing corrupt officials. Xie also revealed that the CCDI now has 14 different sections for carrying out its duties – including one for overseeing the investigators themselves – an increase from only eight sections in August last year.
The head of the CCDI office for Party and government work styles supervision (中纪委党风政风监督室), Fang Wenbi 方文碧, describes the “unhealthy tendency” of official corruption to be very well concealed. Officials will engage in profiteering and misuse of government funds that will tend, according to Fang, to spread insidiously “like a tumor” if not caught in time.
Based on information provided by CCDI officials, the newspaper recounts details of the corrupt activities of four officials who are now all under investigation.
Ni Fake 倪发科, former official from Anhui province. Ni essentially become entirely besotted with precious stones, appointing himself as the head of Anhui province’s society for precious stones and jewels and accepting gifts and bribes of stones. Ni’s infatuation apparently got so bad that he would always have some of the stones in his hands and around his neck, and would on weekends display and savor the stones in his collection.
Wan Qingliang 万庆良, former Party secretary of Guangzhou. After new disciplinary regulations came into effect, Wan regularly frequented “private associations”, and a few days before an investigation on his behavior was initiated, Wan was seen “eating and drinking big”.
Tan Li 谭力, former official from Hainan province. Shortly before being investigated by the CCDI, Tan was playing golf with the boss of a private company at a golf course in a different province. After being transferred from a post in Sichuan to Hainan, Tan brought photographic equipment worth 800,000 yuan with him to his new post, as he was fond of taking pictures of the seaside. Tan lived an extravagant life, according to the CCDI investigation, and started to build for himself a large studio complex in Sichuan in 2007.
Han Xiancong 韩先聪, former official from Anhui province. Han was fond of entertaining important guests at private associations, and was also involved in corrupt real estate dealings. (more…)