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Farmers offer award for return of 50-million yuan 'taken' by officials

MORE than 1,000 farmers from East China's Shandong Province are offering an award of 5 million yuan (US$732,045) for help to retrieve 50-plus million yuan of public funds allegedly illegally taken by the local officials.

Six representatives of the farmers announced the award in a post on a popular online community,, today's Guangzhou Daily reported.

A photo attached in the post shows the six, Liu Xilu, 77, Zhao Shiru, 68, Zhang Ziliang, 66, Liu Peiyi, 72, Zhang Zhichun, 66 and Zhao Xiude, 66, holding a sign announcing the award.

In the post, they claimed officials of Dongnan Village of Weifang City's Changle County hadn't announced details of the village's financial issues for 20 years up to 2000 when the unsatisfied villagers demanded an investigation.

With approval from the county government, the farmers launched an investigation which revealed officials had illegally appropriated more than 50 million yuan of the village's public fund.

Since then, the six seniors, as representatives of the 1,020 villagers, have been seeking help from higher governments to get back the misused money and punish the officials, but all in vain.

Village officials have however denied the famers' accusation.

An official surnamed Dang told Guangzhou Daily the matter is all over as local court and police had already completed their investigation.


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