Beijing fires top Olympic official for ‘corruption’ – Mure Dickie

From the Financial Times:

A vice-mayor with a central role in the Chinese capital’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics has been fired for alleged .

The surprise dismissal of Liu Zhihua, head of the Beijing city government commission responsible for Olympics-related construction, marked one of the highest-level graft scandals to hit the capital since the toppling of former mayor Chen Xitong in the mid-1990s.

It will also fuel concerns about the extent of possible official corruption amid an estimated $40bn (€32bn) in spending on public works, environmental protection and stadium-building ahead of the 2008 games. [Full text]

See also Xinhua’s brief announcement of Liu’s dismissal.

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