China’s Communist Party has ordered media outlets to tone down reporting on the financial scandal that led to the dismissal of Shanghai Communist Party leader Chen Liangyu. The scandal is expected to implicate other senior Communist Party officials, including possibly even members of the eight-member ruling Standing Committee of the Politburo, the collective dictatorship that controls the government and military.
The rest of the article states that about 2,000 investigators are working on this case, which we mentioned earlier might involve up to 100 investigators. Only Xinhua articles will be allowed to circulate, and internet sites and discussions will be monitored in an effort to curtail the spread of rumors and erroneous information.
However, the World Tribute isn’t subject to these restrictions, and they tell us that:
Media reports have identified others arrested as Wu Zhiming, director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, who is said to be former President Jiang Zemin’s wife’s nephew; Sheng Hongguang, head of the Shanghai United Front Work Department; and Sun Luyi, deputy secretary general of the Shanghai Municipal Communist Party Committee, who is known as Chen’s “head clerk.”
In addition, several top officials at state enterprises are said to be under investigation.
Several Shanghai city officials are believed to have fled the country, including top officials of a state-run company that is under the Shanghai Agricultural Commission.
The Hong Kong Economic Times reported that Chen’s son, who had borrowed $126.4 million from the social security fund, left the country in early August to evade authorities.
Now, you might ask, Where in the world is Chen Liangyu’s son? (sung to the tune of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”). We have no clue, but we know from reading another report today that life abroad isn’t all peaches for rich Chinese criminals.
That report involved a jailed Chinese banker who wrote a book about his mistress, who was also his partner in crime. In the book, he (surnamed Huang) describes how he fell in love with this woman (surnamed Wang):
Wang, a public relations manager at a local fertilizer plant on the verge of bankruptcy and a part-time nightclub dancer, seduced Huang in 1995 to get loans for the plant, according to the account reported in the paper.
By day she was a mild-mannered fertilizer plant PR manager, by night, a nightclub dancer? Stranger than fiction, as they say. Unfortunately for them, Huang managed to embezzle 600 million RMB (of which Wang might still have up to $758,000 USD), but they were caught and had to flee the country:
After the scam was exposed, the two fled to the Philippines where Wang had a distant relative, but Wang then fled to Malaysia, leaving Huang penniless, the paper said.
Wang, forced to work “carrying heavy loads on a wharf” in the Philippines, broke his arm and eventually gave himself up to local police, the paper said.
Working on wharf? Sounds like left the country, but without access to most of the money they’d embezzled. In light of this, it’s no wonder that the title of his book is Curse of the Red Lips (红唇咒文). (We checked on Joyo and the book doesn’t seem to be out yet.) He’s hoping that while he’s serving his 12 year sentence that this book can help the authorities catch his erstwhile mistress, who is still at large.
Image from people.com.cn.