Sacked Olympics chief had ‘pleasure palace’ full of concubines – Oliver August (Updated)

From the Times Online:

The vice-mayor of overseeing the construction of Olympic venues for the 2008 Games has built himself a pleasure palace filled with young concubines on the outskirts of the city.

Details of Liu Zhihua’s colourful private life emerged today after he was sacked from his post when a foreign businessman reported him for extorting a bribe.

Mr Liu’s sacking has triggered accusations of widespread surrounding the Games, and highlighted a culture of graft that is said to trouble British and other foreign companies working as specialist contractors on Beijing’s Olympic sites. [Full text]

See also “Beijing organisers seek distance from sacked official” from

UPDATE (5/16/06): See also “A few Chinese media tease out the problems lurking behind Liu Zhihua’s ‘pleasure palace‘” from China Media Project for more on the Chinese coverage of Liu’s case.

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