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Ex-cop chief in bribe probe

A FORMER police city chief in the southern province of Guangdong under investigation for accepting large bribes confessed that he had a goal of owning 60 million yuan (US$8.8 million) before retiring.

Ye Shuyang, former director of Shaoguan City's public security bureau and judicial chief of the Communist Party of China Shaoguan committee, was arrested on suspicion of accepting nearly 20 million yuan in bribes and having 16 million yuan of unaccounted assets, the Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday.

Ye is now awaiting trial, and the indictment accused him of accepting red envelopes worth millions in yuan during festivals annually.

The provincial anti-corruption bureau told the newspaper that Ye had planned to allocate his son and daughter 20 million yuan each and himself another 20 million yuan for life after his retirement.

Ironically, Ye had been the chief of local government's anti-corruption task force.

Ye allegedly began accepting bribes from 1988 as a reward for his protecting car smugglers when he acted as magistrate of Guangdong's Xinfeng County, said investigators.

He never demanded bribes, but sought profits for others and hinted that his hobby was to receive red envelopes during holidays.

His home became a hot spot on all sorts of special days.

He once confessed that it was hard to remember who had visited him during memorial days.

Investigators questioned hundreds of his clients or witnesses to his alleged offenses and were shocked by his "achievements."

Ye allegedly offered protection to a series of illegal businesses, including prostitution, gambling and narcotics, and had received HK$8 million (US$1 million) over the bail grant to a drug trafficker.


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