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Wife of fleeing official arrested for corruption

THE wife of a former Zhejiang official who has refused to return from Paris has been arrested for taking bribes.

You Jie, an official at the old town renovation and re-development department of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, has been arrested for allegedly seeking profits by taking advantage of her position and accepting bribes, the Beijing-based Legal Daily reported yesterday.

The Zhejiang People's Procuratorate is investigating You's case. You had worked at the development department since 1999, the newspaper said.

Her husband, Yang Xianghong, former Party secretary of Wenzhou's Lucheng District and a member of the Communist Party of China's Wenzhou Committee, absconded in September while on an official visit to France and has refused to return.

Yang has been kicked out of the Communist Party and removed from his post.

Yang's deputy, Yu Zhongping, was also removed from his posts as director of Lucheng District and vice Party secretary, because of his involvement with Yang.

Yu, 49, served in Lucheng District from January 2006.

Yang departed on September 19 on a 12-day tour of Europe. He left the delegation just before September 29, claiming he had to stay in France for medical treatment, according to the newspaper.

He then sent a resignation letter to the municipal Party committee, saying that his back pain was severe and the work pressure was too much for him to handle. The government demanded he return but Yang refused.

His overstay in France sparked speculation that he fled because of possible corruption charges. A director of Lucheng's tourism bureau, surnamed Chen, with close links to Yang has been arrested on bribery charges.


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