Caixin
Sep 24, 2021 08:24 PM
CHINA

Former Senior China Justice Official Fired for Litany of Corruption Allegations

Wang Like. Photo: CCDI
Wang Like. Photo: CCDI

A former senior party official in charge of the justice and law enforcement apparatuses in East China’s Jiangsu province has been removed from public office and expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for disloyalty, bribery and a number of other corruption-related allegations, according to the country’s top graft watchdog.

An investigation found that Wang Like (王立科), former secretary of the politics and legal affairs commission of the CPC’s Jiangsu Provincial Committee, “never really adopted the ideals and beliefs and was never loyal and honest to the party,” according to a Wednesday statement (link in Chinese) issued by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and National Supervisory Commission.

Wang, former member of the Standing Committee of the CPC’s Jiangsu Provincial Committee, was punished for “serious violations of (party) discipline and law,” the statement said, a term usually indicating corruption. His case involved suspected crimes such as bribery and has been transferred to prosecutors, the statement added.

Wang, 56, turned himself in on Oct. 24 last year, becoming the first secretary of the politics and legal affairs commission of any province to do so. He has since been placed under investigation.

The case comes as some four million government and party officials across China have been punished or investigated for graft since the launch of President Xi Jinping’s nationwide anti-corruption dragnet in 2012.

Caixin has learned it’s the first time that discipline authorities cited violations of the so-called “two nevers,” which as detailed in Wang’s case mainly refers to forming cliques within the party and engaging in political speculation for personal gain. The statement said he was “deliberately resistant” to the party’s investigation.

Authorities said Wang took advantage of his position to help others with their business, handling loans as well as appointing officials, according to the statement. They also said he illegally accepted huge amounts of money and property, acting as a “protective umbrella” sheltering “evil forces” over a long period of time.

The statement said Wang lobbied other officials to provide services for himself and his family members and connived with his relatives to trade his power for money and sex. Other misconduct included tampering with and forging profiles and selling official posts, which has “seriously” undermined the political and legal system, especially the public security system in the province.

Wang started his four-decade-long career in 1980 in Liaoning and became part of the northeastern province’s public security system just over a year later. He served in several senior positions including vice mayor of Dalian city and deputy director general of Liaoning’s public security department before his fall from grace.

Contact reporter Wang Xintong (xintongwang@caixin.com) and editor Lu Zhenhua (zhenhualu@caixin.com)

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