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Hunan agricultural chief probed for disciplinary offenses

THE top agricultural official in Hunan Province is being investigated over alleged severe disciplinary offenses, the provincial disciplinary supervisory authority has confirmed.

The authority took Cheng Haibo, 57, director of the Hunan Agricultural Department, away on Tuesday for investigation, Sanxiang City Express reported today.

The authority didn't specify the offenses but said it was related to economic problems, the newspaper said.

Cheng's wife, brother and son have long been engaged in businesses using the director's name, the report said, citing an unnamed agricultural official.

Last Friday, Cheng's son was put under the authority's control.

The investigation was provoked by a previous probe into businessman Li Jiaxiang, who had developed the 600 million yuan (US$87.83 million) landmark Jinzuan Plaza in Hunan's Changde City, the newspaper cited unnamed disciplinary officials as saying.

Cheng remained in close contact with Li when he was Changde's Party secretary from 2001 to 2006.

Cheng, a native of Hunan's Yueyang City, was promoted to Hunan's provincial agricultural chief in April 2006 after serving as Changde's Party secretary and mayor.

Meanwhile, Hunan's disciplinary supervisory authority has handed over three officials to prosecutors after they allegedly accepted bribes, the newspaper reported.

Zhang Xiaoqi, former principal of Hunan University of Technology, Deng Cichang, former senior official of Hunan Agricultural Department, and Yang Xiutao, former mayor of Hongjiang City were handed over to prosecutors.


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