After being kept in custody for several months, Anhui Deputy Governor He
Minxu has had his Party membership revoked and been sacked from his post for
taking bribes and abusing his powers.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of
China found He guilty of taking bribes worth several million yuan, Anhui Daily
According to the newspaper, He abused his powers by offering cheap land use,
tax cuts and job promotions to people who paid him bribes.
He Minxu. [file]
He was also alleged to live a "villainous life," it said.
"He is suspected crimes will be handled by judicial organizations," said the
He is one of the latest corrupt high-ranking officials to be unveiled during
this year's anti-corruption campaign.
In late September, Shanghai Communist Party Secretary Chen Liangyu was sacked
for channelling pension funds into illegal investments and helping enrich crony
companies and his relatives.
The latest scandal involves the alleged illicit investment of at least a
third of the city's 10-billion-yuan (US$1.2 billion) social security fund in
potentially risky real estate and road projects, reports said.
In a bid to tighten discipline over officials, particularly those in leading
positions, the central government issued a rule in August requiring officials to
report personal matters, including all property transactions and developments by
them or their immediate family members.
The rule bans officials from holding posts that control or supervise an
industry or enterprise in which their family members hold shares, reports said.
Earlier this year, the State Council and the Party's discipline body
announced that clamping down on commercial bribery would be the focus of
anti-corruption efforts for some time to come.
Gong Weibin, a scholar with the National School of Administration, said that
the ongoing anti-graft campaign has revealed the challenges the Party is facing
as it goes through a crucial period of social development.
"Corruption is not indigenous to China. It also afflicts developed countries,
and sometimes leads to the downfall of governments," said Gong in a recent
interview with the Xinhua News Agency.
"It's necessary to take an iron fist and crack corruption, otherwise the
Party might lose public support or even the support of ordinary Party