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Shenzhen sacks two more officials in corruption probe

SOUTH China's Shenzhen City has sacked two of its senior officials for alleged corruption four months after the city's mayor was sacked in similar circumstances.

Yu Weiliang, Party boss of the city's Longgang District, and Chen Shengxing, the chairman of the Political Consultative Conference in the same district, were both sacked for "serious breach of Party discipline" on Saturday. It is still unknown that for what exactly were they sacked.

They were detained at a hotel on October 14 by the national disciplinary authority, according to China News Service today.

The 49-year-old Yu and 57-year-old Chen, who has only been in his post for seven months, were both right-hand men of Shenzhen's former mayor Xu Zongheng before he was sacked, according to Chongqing Evening News. Yu and Chen both worked as general secretary of Shenzhen City government during Xu's tenure.

An unnamed insider told the newspaper that the ripples from Xu's dismissal are still spreading.

Shenzhen investigated 125 more officials suspected of corruption in 107 cases between January and July this year, according to the website of Shenzhen's Party disciplinary authority.

The clampdown on Xu, 54, who had been Shenzhen's mayor since 2005, started more than four months ago. He was put under double designation status - a procedure in which a Party official is ordered to explain allegations of disciplinary violations or corruption at a designated time and place.

The city's three vice mayors along with former Guangdong top political adviser Chen Shaoji and former assistant public security minister Zheng Shaodong are also under investigation.

Xu was believed to be involved in a snowballing inquiry into the alleged criminal activities of Huang Guangyu, who was once considered China's appliance king, according to earlier reports.

Huang, the founder of Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings Ltd who was once ranked the richest man on the mainland, was arrested last November for alleged economic crimes.


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