Created: June 21, 2012 Last Updated: June 22, 2012
Hundreds of current and former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials were taken into custody in the southern province of Guangdong and will be put through an opaque Soviet-era communist investigative process over allegations of corruption and misuse of power, according to recent reports. The action is part of a disciplinary initiative by the province’s Party chief Wang Yang.
Guangdong’s former deputy secretary general, Xie Pengfei, and the former deputy director of the finance department, Wei Jinfeng, were among those arrested. More than 100 officials from the seaport city of Shenzhen were also arrested, including former executive vice-mayor Lü Yuefeng, former vice-mayor Liang Daoxing, and his secretary, according to Duowei News.
More than 200 officials who held posts in Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong and one of the most populous cities in China, were also taken into custody.
Many of the officials were involved in illegal land and construction deals and medical projects, according to Duowei. Awaiting the captives is the Chinese communist punishment known as “shuanggui,” meaning they will be questioned at a predetermined time and place. This process is controversial because it is conducted directly by the Communist Party, and therefore takes place outside the purview of the formal legal system. Anecdotal accounts in have reported hours of isolation punctuated by interrogation and torture. Once the official confesses they are stripped of their Party post and wealth and convicted and sentenced. Officials may be expelled from the Party at the conclusion of the proceeding. Some disappear.
Wang Yang since 2009 has supported investigations against corruption in Guangdong. In one case, several key officials of Maoming city and 218 township-level officials were taken into custody and were submitted to an investigation. It has been announced that Zhou Zhenhong, former party chief of Maoming, has been expelled from the People’s Political Consultative Conference. A similar incident occurred in Foshan city.
“If party chiefs and departments can truly represent and work towards the benefits of all people and not only a small group of the people, [China's] political reform will be able to make a big leap forward,” said Wang Yang at a press conference earlier this year, according to Duowei.
As a prominent figure in Communist Party chief Hu Jintao’s faction, Wang Yang has been widely speculated to be a strong candidate for the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the political organ that makes the most important decisions in the country.
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