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A POLICE captain in north China is being investigated over a claim that he was actually a criminal who had evaded local police for 17 years.

Si Jianbing, a crime squad captain with Hebei Province's Qinhuangdao City, is being considered for promotion to vice director of the city police's economic development zone branch, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

The local police invited public comment on the promotion and one of the comments provoked the investigation by the Qinhuangdao police bureau. The bureau will publish the results of the investigation, an officer surnamed Gu told the Shanghai-based newspaper.

According to the comment, Si was wanted by the police in May 1992 for stealing and smuggling luxury cars. But he had never been apprehended because his father had been vice director of Qinhuangdao police bureau.

Instead, he continued to work with the city police's economic development zone branch and was promoted to be captain of its crime squad at the end of 2007.

Si's colleagues have denied the claim.

"I can definitely assure you the claim is not true," said an officer surnamed Wen. The Qinhuangdao organization department, which is in charge of local government official appointments and management, had examined the issue a long time ago, he added without elaborating.

He admitted that Si's father had been Qinhuangdao police's vice director, but he denied Si's promotion had anything to do with his father who had passed away.

He assumed the online comment was office politics.

Wen said Si was an excellent police officer who was dedicated to work and had achieved a great deal. Si was named one of Hebei's best police officers in 2007.


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