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More top uni officials in bribery scandal

TWO senior officials of China's top university in central Hubei Province have been arrested on corruption charges, the latest bribery scandal amid the rapid expansion of higher education.

Chen Zhaofang, vice principal of Wuhan University, was arrested on September 3 and Long Xiaole, the school's vice Party secretary, was arrested 10 days later, Shanghai-based reported today.

Hubei People's Prosecutorate arrested the two after several months' investigation led to evidence they had allegedly taken more than "several million yuan in bribes over the university's major infrastructure construction projects," the Website said.

They were also allegedly involved in corruption cases with the school's Donghu campus, a 1-billion-yuan (US$146.49 million) joint project between the university and two private enterprises, the Website said.

An earlier bribery investigation led to the detention of a logistics official and probes of middle managers and is continuing, the Website said, quoting insiders.

Chen, 59, has been the university's vice principal since 1994 in charge of the school's finance and logistics. Insiders said he had defeated previous bribery allegations.

Long, 61, has been the university's vice Party secretary since 2005. He was praised as "clean and honest" when he won a merit award in 2006 presented by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee.

In Hubei alone, several top officials of five universities and colleges have been charged over taking bribes in the past three years.

In Shanghai, Wu Shiming, vice principal of Tongji University, is serving a 10-year jail sentence for taking bribes.


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