Li Junfu, a close ally of the ousted Party boss of Guangzhou Wan Qingliang, has been detained for graft investigation, China Business News reported on Monday.
Li, 50, chief of the Guangzhou Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administration Bureau, was detained as part of the investigation into Wan, according to the Guangzhou municipal discipline inspection commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The two are close friends, often swimming and playing football together, the report said.
After Wan was promoted to Guangzhou mayor in April 2004, Li was elevated as the city’s housing chief five months later, it said.
Born in 1964, Li is a native of Yiyang county, Hunan province. He built his career as a land and housing official in Guangzhou. Li served as head of the city’s land requisition office and affordable housing office.
Under his watch, Guangzhou’s land transfer income soared to 76.2 billion yuan in 2013, compared with 45.56 billion yuan in 2010, 47.5 billion yuan in 2011 and 41.2 billion yuan in 2012.
Several local property developers have moved out of the city and more people are expected to be caught in the fallout of Wan’s case, the report said, quoting unidentified sources.
Wan is under investigation for suspected “grave violations of discipline”, a phrase that usually refers to corruption, Xinhua reported on June 27.
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