A former top political adviser in Liaoning province is under investigation on graft charges, China’s top anti-corruption watchdog said.
Chen Tiexin, vice chairman of the Liaoning provincial committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is suspected of “seriously violating party discipline and breaking the law”, the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement, using a phrase that often refers to corruption.
Investigations found that Chen took advantage of his post to seek profits, accepted “a huge amount in bribes” and committed adultery.
Currently detained by China’s top procuratorate, Chen is the first ministerial-level official in Liaoning to be investigated since the nationwide anti-graft campaign began in late 2012, according to China Daily. He has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and dismissed from public office.
Chen, 59, a Liaoning native, began his work in a local factory and started his career in public service as the secretary of the youth league in Shenyang. He held positions in different economic and trade promotion sectors, and served as party chief in several cities over the past 26 years until he was appointed senior political adviser in 2013.
Liaoning was hit by corruption scandals in 2001 when three senior officials in the provincial capital, Shenyang, were sentenced to prison for spending illicit money in a casino in Macau, and more than 100 officials in the province were found guilty of taking bribes.
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