Caixin
Oct 04, 2021 08:46 PM
CHINA

Iron-Handed Ex-Top Cop Falls Under Graft Probe

A former top cop has been put under investigation for corruption. Photo: VCG
A former top cop has been put under investigation for corruption. Photo: VCG

Fu Zhenghua, an iron-handed ex-top police officer who rose to become a member of the ruling Communist Party’s key leadership body, has been put under investigation for corruption.

The 66-year-old is being investigated for suspected “severe violations of (party) discipline and law,” a euphemism for corruption, according to a Saturday statement (link in Chinese) from China’s top anti-corruption agency.

Fu was elected into the party’s current central committee, headed by President Xi Jinping, in October 2017. The committee, initially comprised of 204 members, is a top leadership body of the party and carries a tenure of five years.

Fu is one of the high-ranking officials impacted by China’s years-long sweeping campaign to clean up corruption at all levels.

Fu worked in the police hierarchy for more than four decades through 2018, well known for his tough measures to stamp out illegal acts in and outside the system, which eventually allowed him to rise to become a minister-level official.

He spent most of his early career clambering up the rungs of the ladder within the Beijing municipal public security bureau.

Shortly after he was promoted to bureau chief in 2010, Fu launched an anti-porn campaign in the capital that attracted extensive attention at home and abroad, cracking down on notorious nightclubs (link in Chinese) suspected of facilitating prostitution. During his tenure, Fu also vowed to punish people who started or spread online political rumors that attacked leaders of the party or the state.

Internally, he pledged to crack down on misconduct such as accepting bribes, tipping off criminal suspects, and divulging secrets involving police work.

In 2013, Fu took office as a vice minister of the Ministry of Public Security, which oversees the whole country’s police system. Three years later, he became its executive vice minister.

Fu left the the Ministry of Public Security in 2018 to serve as justice minister until April 2020. He was later appointed a deputy director of the social and legal affairs committee of the national committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body. He holds the post until now.

On Saturday, after news broke about the investigation into Fu, the Ministry of Justice and Beijing’s municipal public security bureau separately convened a meeting, both vowing to firmly support top policymakers’ decision to launch the probe.

There is no forbidden zone for anti-corruption (link in Chinese), said a readout of the justice ministry meeting, adding that Fu’s suspected violations have severely damaged the image of the ministry, the judicial administration system and even the political and legal system.

Meanwhile, Beijing’s public security bureau said that it vows to thoroughly eliminate Fu’s bad influence and to “purify the political ecology” (link in Chinese) in the capital’s police system.

Contact reporter Lin Jinbing (jinbinglin@caixin.com)

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