The chief justice of Xiangyang, Fan Haitao (范海涛) has been busted for checking in to a hotel for a rendezvous with the discipline secretary of the Fancheng district court, Liu Huamei (柳华梅), who was apparently promoted by him not so long ago.
A video of the hotel’s CCTV footage of the pair entering a hotel room on April 10 was put online and quickly burnt up the internets yesterday. In the video, the woman is seen checking into the hotel first. Fan appears later, and took caution to ensure that the people who went up in the lift with him do not see him walking into the room. 1.5 hours later, Fan leaves the room, and the woman then checks out of the room back at the reception.
Fan has confirmed to a Xinhua reporter that it was indeed both him and Liu seen on the CCTV footage. Nevertheless, he maintained that “the clip has been edited and does not match with reality”. He added, “Someone’s behind all this, manufacturing rumours to get at me. Someone is trying to defame me.”
When asked by the reporter what transpired in the room in the 1.5 hours they were together, Fan refused to comment and said, “Thank you for your concern.”
We’re pretty sure they were just studying President Hu’s “Eight Glories and Eight Shames”.
Watch video of the CCTV footage after the jump…