Caixin
Sep 22, 2015 06:49 PM

Political Advisor in Guangdong 'Detained for Graft'

(Beijing) – A senior political advisor in Guangdong has been detained over bribery allegations linked to the disgraced former head of the province's People's Political Consultative Conference.

The Communist Party Organization Department in Guangdong said in an internal briefing on September 20 that Zhu Haijun, a member of top committee of the province's political advisory body, is being investigated for bribery.

The document from the party's personnel department for Guangdong, which Caixin has examined, said that Zhu has been expelled from the province's political advisory body. Zhu also headed the private Sea View Investment Group.

Zhu was taken away by police after the former chairman of the political advisory body, Zhu Mingguo, recently told investigators that he once received US$ 1 million from the businessman in return for favors, several sources close to that organization said.

Zhu Mingguo, who was vice party secretary of Guangdong from 2011 to 2013, is being investigated by the party.

Zhu Minguo's troubles led to the downfall several his former associates over corruption allegations. These included Liao Feng, the former deputy party secretary of Maoming, a city in Guangdong.

Because of his ties to Zhu Mingguo, Zhu Haijun evaded punishment even though he was implicated in bribery several times, one of the sources close to the Guangdong political advisory body said.

A government-sponsored anti-corruption documentary that aired on Guangdong TV in 2013 said Zhu gave Cao Jianliao, a former vice mayor of Guangzhou, 10 million yuan through Cao's brother-in-law. In return, Cao helped him acquire a plot of land in the provincial capital in 2008.

Cao, whose case was handed to prosecutors in July 2014, planned to use the money to buy land in Australia, the documentary said.

Chen Shaoji, Zhu Mingguo's predecessor, was jailed for life in February 2010. Court documents showed Chen received US$ 500,000 from Zhu Haijun from 2006 to 2009 to help him get a business license for an amusement park.

(Rewritten by Li Rongde)

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