Nov 28, 2012 05:43 PM

Whistleblower Says Police Chief Sabotaged Investigation

(Beijing) – Allegations of misconduct by an unlikely whistleblower against a local police chief in the Guangdong Province city of Yingde have raised questions over police accountability in a recent investigation.

Xie Longsheng, a former deputy police chief in Yingde, a prefecture-level city famous for its black tea, sent a letter to the city's party anti-corruption authorities in September and published an article on the Internet, accusing the local police boss who is also vice mayor of Yingde, Zheng Beiquan, of shielding organized crime syndicates.

The official website of the party disciplinary arm in Qingyuan city, a higher administrative body which oversees Yingde, said November 27 that Zheng is currently under investigation.

According to Xie, a probe in a massive drug case in March led to an investigation on his boss.

A police sting operation on a local hotel resulted in the arrests of 175 people and the seizure of a 2 kilogram stash of illegal drugs. Xie said in his article that Zheng tried several times to intervene in the investigation over the case. Zheng's brother owns 15 percent of the hotel and one of Zheng's close friends and former classmate owns 70 percent.

Moreover, soon after Yingde prosecutors handed the police chief a document listing another 38 suspects in the case, police later found all of the 38 people appeared to have suddenly left the city.
According to Xie, Zheng's power led to official reprimands on Xie and his team. Three policemen in charge of the case were investigated in June by Yingde party discipline committee and prosecutors. On August 3, Xie and Zhu Yingzhong, the political commissar of the police bureau, were ordered to leave the police bureau.

Instead of assuming a new post at the local political and law committee, Xie has spent the past several months petitioning higher political and legal authorities to probe Zheng's alleged involvement in the marred drug investigation.

Zheng was detained by the party disciplinary organ November 27 on unknown charges.

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