Xu Long, the Party Secretary and Provincial Chairman of China Mobile in Guangdong, has been removed from his positions and detained while under investigation for ‘severe discipline violations.’ Details are still hazy, but China News Services have cited anti-graft authorities, and Xu likely faces allegations of corruption.
Xu’s wife has also been detained, in a case that eerily echoes the Bo Xilai/Gu Kailai “severe dicipline violations” in 2011. South China Morning Post reports:
“Xu’s detention was ordered by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection … a sign that his case is quite severe,” the newspaper quoted a source close to the Communist Party’s graft watchdog as saying. […]
A separate report by Caixin Online said Xu was investigated for “work-related crimes”, without elaborating. A spokeswoman at Guangdong Mobile refused to confirm Xu’s detention. Xu would be among about a dozen top executives at the telecoms giant investigated since former vice-chairman Zhang Chunjiang was sacked in December 2009 for corruption.
The detention seems to have taken place on Friday, but was only publicized today. We are currently at the mercy of Chinese officials’ reluctance to release any information, but will continue to update as more details emerge.
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