Date
29 May 2017
Wang Baoan, the former chief of the National Bureau of Statistics, is among the senior officials that have been targeted in China's anti-graft drive.
Wang Baoan, the former chief of the National Bureau of Statistics, is among the senior officials that have been targeted in China's anti-graft drive.

China detains former statistics chief

China has detained Wang Baoan, the former head of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), in connection with a graft investigation.

The state prosecutor said on Wednesday that it has launched a case against Wang and that “coercive measures” had been taken against the former official, Reuters reports.

The statement posted on the prosecutor’s official microblog did not give details, but the language suggests that Wang has been placed under detention.

Wang, a one-time deputy finance minister who became chief of the NBS in mid-2015, was accused by the Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog in late August of serious violations of discipline, including extravagance, abuse of power and selling power for sex.

The anti-graft body announced the probe of Wang in January. He was later expelled from the party.

Meanwhile, state media reported this week that two senior executives from major state-owned companies have also been charged with graft.

According to Xinhua news agency, prosecutors had charged Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of state-owned FAW Group Corp, with corruption.

Authorities also laid charges against former PetroChina vice chairman Liao Yongyuan, it said. 

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