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Urban planning official sacked for bribes

HU Jun, former deputy director of Shanghai's land resources planning bureau, has been dismissed from the Party, sacked from his post and is being held by prosecutors for a corruption investigation.

News outlets speculated last month that the 46-year-old had fallen in a corruption scandal, shortly after Shanghai Urban Planning and Land Resources Bureau dropped his name from its list of top bureau officials without explanation.

The city's Party discipline authorities said Hu has been kicked out of the Party and removed from his post for "serious violation of discipline," including "taking bribes in return for illegal favors he has done others by abusing his power."

In the online statement, the authorities said Hu has been transferred to prosecutors for their investigation.

No more details on the charges have been revealed.

Chinese media in previous reports quoted insiders as saying that he committed crimes when he headed Jing'an District's land resources planning bureau.

Chen Meng, former vice director of Putuo District, is now on trial for taking bribes of more than 15 million yuan during the period when he was the chief of a large state-owned real estate company in Jing'an District. Insiders told Chinese media that his confession was likely to have brought about Hu's downfall.


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