In Guiyang, a Golden Rule Built on Graft
Wang Heyan reports on Fan Zhongqian, a former Guizhou official convicted for graft. From Caijing:
Cash, real estate and a golden book of traditional Chinese morals –literally made of gold – were just a few of the perks Fan Zhongqian received during 20 years as a government official in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province.
Fan apparently enjoyed the cash and property, but ignored the book. Authorities say he bypassed moral ways to wealth for a fast track by accepting bribes in exchange for government favors.
Fan, 52, has been awaiting a court verdict since March after standing trial in Guiyang Intermediate Court for accepting more than 10 million yuan bribes. The former mayoral assistant and chief of the city’s land resources and urban construction department has been in custody since spring 2008.
His wife, Tan Jin, a former official at Guizhou Normal University, has already been sentenced to a five-year prison term for taking bribes. She was convicted shortly before Fan went to court.