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Big fat wedding lands cop in hot water

POLICE are investigating a top officer after he invited 1,110 guests to his daughter's wedding feast costing about 600,000 yuan (US$88.235) in Shenzhen City, in south China's Guangdong Province.

The city's public security bureau will publish the results of its probe as soon as possible after public outcry about corruption, spokesperson Zhou Baojun told today's Guangzhou Daily.

Liu Shengqiang, vice director of the police's airport branch, denied holding such a large feast to collect gift money. He told the newspaper that he had so many friends, colleagues and family members that he was obliged to arrange such a large celebration.

"It's the custom in my hometown to invite everyone in the village to celebrate a wedding," he explained. "And as a veteran soldier, I follow the tradition of inviting my former peers to a gathering such as a wedding or a funeral," he added.

The governor of Guanlong Village, also surnamed Liu, described the dishes at the banquet as "just so-so" and said villagers had offered around 100 yuan, just as at other village weddings.

Elsewhere in Guangdong, Lianjiang City government has limited official banquets to 100 guests and banned officials from taking gift money to reduce corruption, the Guangzhou Daily said.

As a result, officials have canceled more than 2,100 banquets planned during the New Years' holiday worth 1.68 million yuan, according to the city government.


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