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Party chief to face 2nd probe into graft claims

A VILLAGE Party chief in Shanghai who was cleared of taking bribes in 2009 is to be reinvestigated after new evidence was posted online.

Two years ago, Minhang District's disciplinary watchdog teamed up with Meilong Town officials to probe claims that Xu Huixing had accepted 250 million yuan (US$38.3 million) in bribes.

But their investigation found him to be innocent and the villager's evidence was dismissed.

Now Huang Weirong, a 39-year-old from Meilong Town, who has spent the intervening period collecting more material, has published it on the country's popular forum, again accusing the village official of accepting bribes.

Instead of remaining anonymous, as many people would do to prevent possible retaliation, Huang also published his private information including his name, ID card number and cell phone number and said he would assume full responsibility for the accuracy of the information.

Huang said his list indicates that Xu held 10 apartments with a total value of 20 million yuan, while his salary report shows he earned about 6 million yuan in the past 25 years.

With what he called the "mystery" of the 14 million yuan gap left unexplained, Huang also said that Xu worked with other village officials to illegally transfer 250 million yuan, money that should have been used for relocation projects.

He also accused Xu of gaining benefits for his relatives and friends by selling land property rights to them at very low prices.

The Minhang District disciplinary watchdog said it was in the process of checking Huang's new evidence.

A Meilong Town discipline official said there would be checks on some of the apartments that Huang had listed online.

According to, the disciplinary watchdog confirmed that Xu and his family had 10 apartments but didn't offer an explanation of how they were acquired.

"The watchdogs said they were investigating because they were under pressure of media supervision," said Huang. "I will carry on exposing Xu on the web."

Xu told Shanghai Daily that one of his apartments was given to him by the government and he said Huang was trying to libel him because they had a dispute over Huang's interests in a relocation project.

"Don't trust him. He is a member of the mafia, a gambler and a drug dealer," said Xu.

Huang admitted that he was once caught by police for gambling but said he had been beaten up by a group of migrant workers in 2009 allegedly sent by Xu. He said he had to live near a police station to avoid retaliation.


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