Han Feng, 53, was arrested for allegedly taking 482,000 yuan ($71,000) in bribes between 2002 and 2010 while working for the tobacco bureau in southern Guangxi region, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported Monday. Han, who was arrested Saturday, could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.
Han’s case, dubbed “Diarygate” by the Chinese media, is part of a continuing battle by the Communist Party against deep-seated corruption.
China’s war on corruption has netted numerous high-profile officials and seen them lambasted in the local press, but the government has dragged its feet when it comes to the sweeping systematic reforms needed to really tackle the problem.
…In the case of the tobacco official, local media reported that the husband of one of the man’s mistresses posted the lurid diary entries online in a bid for revenge.
Earlier this month, the China Daily excerpted an alleged diary entry from December 2007 that read: “Womanizing is on the right track. It’s been a lucky year with women. I need to pay attention to my health with so many sex partners.” The diaries describe affairs with five female colleagues and frequent drunken dinner parties with local government officials, police and directors of tobacco companies.
Though not authenticated, the diaries have captivated Chinese, many of whom are already deeply cynical about the lives of government and Communist Party officials.
Read more about the public reaction from Han Feng via popular blogger Han Han.