Hao Weiping, director of the nuclear power department of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), is believed to be under investigation, becoming the first senior official from the nuclear power department to be snared in Beijing’s new anti-corruption campaign.
Hao and his wife, who was stopped from leaving the country at the Beijing International Airport last Tuesday, have been arrested, China Business News reported Thursday. Hao was due to appear at the China International Exhibition on Nuclear Power Industry that was held between April 15 and 18 in Beijing, but failed to make an appearance. Hao’s last public appearance was on April 3 at a geology institute in Beijing.
Hao has been serving at the NEA since 2008. Sources suggested that Hao’s arrest might be due to suspected manipulation of tenders for Chinese nuclear projects, or even worse, the leaking of some state secrets, the CBN report said.
Before Hao, Kang Rixin was dismissed in 2009 from the state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation, the biggest operator of nuclear power plants in China. Kang was convicted by a Beijing court of abusing his position to help some parties reap undue gains. He was sentenced to life in jail.
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