From the Financial Times:
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 (‚Ç¨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.