Amid Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign, it has been revealed that a record 200 million Chinese yuan, equivalent to $33 million, was found in a corrupt official’s home, reports BBC News.
The announcement was made at a news conference by anti-bribery prosecutor, Xu Jinhui, who confirmed details of the staggering quantity of cash that was found in Wei Pengyuan’s house.
This haul of corrupt cash, reportedly the largest amount discovered since the start of the People’s Republic of China, was first uncovered in May, during the initial stages of a corruption investigation into Mr Wei.
Wei is the deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) coal department, and has felt the wrath of the government’s crackdown on corruption in the energy sector, writes South China Morning Post.
Xi Jinping’s ruthless campaign has seen him bring down a number of high-ranking ‘tigers’, among whom include former officials, Bo Xilai and Zhou Yongkang.
Having trouble imagining how much 200 million yuan of cash equates to? South China Morning Post has created a nice little graphic (below).
By Robert Ridley