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Corruption: more top police fall from grace

MORE senior police officials of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality have fallen in the latest crackdown on gangs and corruption.

The latest is Chen Honggang, traffic unit chief of Chongqing's Public Security Bureau, who was put under "double designation" by disciplinary authorities on Tuesday for allegedly providing protection for gangs, yesterday's Chengdu Business Daily reported.

A source said Chen had unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide.

"Double designation" is a Chinese anti-corruption term, which is used to question government officials being investigated for violating discipline.

Chen was appointed chief captain of Chongqing police's traffic unit in 2005.

Last Friday, Peng Changjian, Chongqing Public Security Bureau's vice director, was taken from a meeting and put under immediate investigation.

Peng was reported to be a close associate of Wen Qiang, the bureau's former vice director, who has also been under investigation for allegedly protecting local gangs.

Yesterday, the Chongqing government announced it had fired Jiang Yong, former director of Chongqing's Urban Planning Bureau. Jiang has been sentenced to death with two years' reprieve for taking 17.96 million yuan (US$2.63 million) in bribes.

Zha Hong, former Party committee member of the planning bureau, and Huang Yun, former governor of Jiulongpo District, were also fired.

Zha has been jailed for 10 and a half years for taking 1.09 million yuan in bribes and Huang has been sentenced to 13 years for taking 2.32 million yuan.


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