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Legal body denies issuing Moutai letter

SHANGHAI'S top legal authority yesterday denied the existence of an official letter it allegedly issued to buy expensive Chinese liquor with public funds.

The Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Party's Shanghai committee, which overseas all of the city's law enforcement departments, including the police force, delivered the announcement on its website (

The committee said no such letter ever existed and the letter that spread online was fake. Shanghai police were investigating the case, according to the announcement.

The letter that was posted online allegedly showed the official title and seal of the committee. It was described as a copy of a letter written to state-owned Kweichow Moutai Co Ltd, the producer of popular Moutai liquor, to buy its products that would be used at official banquets for legal officials and state leaders when in Shanghai.

Police found that the stamp on the online copy was fake, a committee press office official told The Beijing News.

The official said the committee would seek another forensic test with an independent source to get a fair conclusion since it supervises the police force.

The letter detailed the committee's plan to buy 50 cases of 30-year-old Moutai, 120 cases of 15-year-old Moutai and 480 cases of Moutai Feitian.

Each case usually contains six or 12 bottles.

An alcoholic beverage distributor was designated to handle the business, according to the letter spread online.

The 30-year Moutai sells for 9,800 yuan (US$1,447) per bottle in Shanghai.

The 15-year-old liquor sells for 5,000 yuan per bottle and Moutai Feitian goes for 880 yuan a bottle.


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