Date
15 December 2017
Discipline official Cao Lixin is being investigated over possible breaches of the law. Photo: Beijing Youth Daily
Discipline official Cao Lixin is being investigated over possible breaches of the law. Photo: Beijing Youth Daily

Senior anti-graft official falls under corruption shadow

Another senior mainland official has come under a corruption cloud and once again inspectors are looking into one of their own, Beijing Youth Daily reported Tuesday.

Cao Lixin, director of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s No. 6 office, is under investigation for alleged serious violations of discipline and law, according to a statement posted on the watchdog’s website Monday.

Cao’s office is responsible for investigating misconduct in the north of the country, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Shanxi, according to the report. He made at least four inspection trips to Shanxi in 2007 and 2011, the report said.

The announcement comes about 10 days after Wei Jian, director of the agency’s No. 4 office, was taken away on similar suspicions. Wei’s office looked into graft in the country’s southwest and northwest regions, including Sichuan province, the power base of former security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

Wei is the first commission official to be investigated for possible graft since the watchdog set up an internal affairs branch in a restructure in March, according to media reports.

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