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Corruption probe reveals official's rape conviction

AN investigation which led to an agricultural official being jailed for 16 years for corruption during the aftermath of the May 12 earthquake also revealed that he was a convicted rapist.

Wang Anwu, the director of the grain bureau in Xixiang County, Shaanxi Province, was sentenced at Hanzhong City Intermediate People's Court, yesterday's Sanqin Daily reported. He was convicted of taking bribes worth 466,000 yuan (US$68,200) and embezzling 1 million yuan to invest in a company in November 2005.

But what angered the public more was the revelation that Wang had been convicted of rape years before and had subsequently been promoted.

The Xixiang disciplinary authority discovered Wang's rape conviction when it was investigating allegations of corruption last year. They found Wang had been jailed for four years in 1984 for raping and molesting four women.

The hardware company he worked for fired him after he was sentenced but re-hired him when he was released. He became head of the county's grain bureau in 2004.

Wang's partner, Liu Fengxia, who headed the bureau's financial department, was jailed for seven years for taking bribes worth 206,646 yuan.

Another colleague, surnamed Hu, who headed the bureau's management office, was exempted from criminal punishment though he was also convicted of taking bribes worth 15,000 yuan.

Wang was arrested last year after complaints the government-allocated rice supply was short.

The county launched the rice program to help 20,000-plus people affected by the May 12 earthquake. Under the program, farmers got half a kilogram of rice every day for a month.

The authority's investigation confirmed that 10 of the 23 towns covered by the aid program received less rice than they should have.

One supplier was filling 10-kilogram bags with just 8.5 kilograms of rice.


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