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Huang case nets another official

DISCIPLINARY officials from the Communist Party of China yesterday sacked a former assistant to the minister of Public Security and expelled him from the Party for accepting "huge" bribes.

Zheng Shaodong was involved in the investigations surrounding Huang Guangyu, the founder of Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings, who was arrested over stock-market manipulation and insider trading in 2008.

Zheng was put under "double designation" status with Xiang Huaizhu, an official at the Public Security Ministry, on January 12, 2009.

"Double designation" refers to a special investigative procedure in which a Party official is ordered to explain allegations of disciplinary violations or corruption at a designated time and place.

Huang was named the second-richest man on the Chinese mainland by Forbes magazine in 2007.

His case has brought down more than 1,000 officials who offered him protection over the past 10 years.

Also yesterday, Huang's case claimed a senior Guangdong Province political adviser who was nicknamed "casino king of the high seas."

Lian Zhuozhao was a major investor in a casino boat named Neptune, according to

Lian was detained in connection with alleged money laundering for Huang at the end of 2007.

The report said Huang frequently visited the Neptune, losing more than 8 billion yuan (US$1.17 billion) while gambling on the boat.

Lian was reported to be familiar with many mainland millionaires, luring them to the ship for gambling on the high seas.

His relationship with the former head of the Guangdong Province Political Consultant Conference, Chen Shaoji, allegedly earned him a post on the advisory body.

Chen was sacked in April due to his link to Huang.

Wang Huayuan, an official with the Party disciplinary department in Zhejiang Province, was also expelled from his post for corruption linked to Huang.

Zhu Ying, former deputy director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, has been penalized for offenses related to Huang's investigation.

The court dealing with Huang's case has pushed back his trial to give prosecutors more time to investigate.


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