A Chinese supervisory body for monitoring and investigating possible instances of corruption said on Wednesday that one of its former senior inspectors had been forced out of the country’s Communist Party after it was discovered that he had abused his position in order to gain personal benefits.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) published a statement on its website which reads that Zhang Huawei, a vice-ministerial level inspector from the Central Inspection Team, had “lost his ideals and convictions” and inflicted harm to the reputation of the commission, Reuters reports.
The statement added that Mr. Zhang’s case would be forwarded to the prosecution.
Central authorities task the CCDI’s tough inspection teams to detect and investigate any kind of behavior they consider foul play within party organizations and provincial government bodies. The CCDI initially announced an investigation into Mr. Zhang in April when it decided to intensify a campaign to deal with corruption within its own ranks.
Esteemed Chinese financial magazine Caixin reported at the time that Zhang’s detention was likely connected to the commission’s investigation into the finance sector. Insurance regulator Xiang Junbo was also placed under investigation earlier that month.
The CCDI has tried since the start of 2017 to demonstrate it is serious about dealing with corruption within its own ranks, which it refers to as “darkness hiding beneath the light”.
It began the year by broadcasting a three-part television series focusing on cases where anti-corruption inspectors had been caught red-handed and releasing a new set of rules to fight against abuses of power by disciplinary officials.
The CCDI’s drive to “clean one’s own doorstep” comes as Beijing considers extensive modifications of its anti-corruption architecture to create a National Supervision Commission, and is set to incorporate various corruption-fighting authorities into a single powerful entity.
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