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Guangdong investigates suspected police criminality

04-10-2012 09:35 BJT

A number of police officers, including police station heads, have been detained for further investigation after having been suspected of shielding criminal gangs in a southern Chinese province.

Guangdong provincial authorities said that police detained an official surnamed Liu, deputy head of Futian township government in Huizhou, in a special action in March. Liu also was head of the township's police station.

Liu's deputy, surnamed Wu, and a police officer surnamed He were suspected of providing protection for criminal gangs.

They were investigated for giving secret messages to criminals ahead of police operations over a number of months.

In February, six senior police officers from Shaoguan public security bureau were also detained after they were investigated for accepting bribes to provide protection for local criminal gangs that were operating casinos in the city of northern Guangdong.

And Su Kongcai, head of the police station in Nawu township, Huazhou, in the western part of Guangdong, was also detained early this year. Su was investigated for collecting protection money from local underground casinos from April 2008 to July 2011.

The director surnamed Li, of the food and drug supervision authority in Zhongtang township, in Dongguan, was detained after he was investigated for providing protection to local counterfeiters on March 7.

Li was investigated for taking bribes from a local, unlicensed, cured meat processing center that provided poisonous cured meat in the township last year.

A director of land and resources in the Yuancheng district of Heyuan was detained in March for further investigation. The director, surnamed Zeng, was investigated for taking bribes valued at 50,000 yuan ($7,900) to provide protection for local unauthorized buildings.

According to sources with the provincial office of anti-commercial bribes, Guangdong detained 17 Party and government officials, who were investigated for providing protection to unlawful local elements.

Earlier this year, Wang Yang, Party chief of Guangdong, urged relevant departments in the province to fight economic crimes, in order to ensure a better business environment, create a favorable market environment and maintain normal market order.

He said that criminal activities damaged social stability, threatened people's lives and property and were loathed by the public.

Experts said the crackdown was the right move to effectively target one of the main causes of market and social disorder.

"All efforts to restore order would be rendered useless and ineffective, if authorities failed to nab officials benefiting from these crimes," said Jin Gaofeng, professor in criminology with the Chinese People's Public Security University.

Jin said courts have been and will remain tough in tackling these crimes, rather than covering them up.

Tian He, a professor and director of the rule of law studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, added that people welcomed the crackdown "simply because it fights corruption as well".

"Businesses seek favors from government officials to get fatter gains," she said. Official statistics revealed that Guangdong cracked down on 2,018 counterfeiting cases in 2011.

The province, which borders Hong Kong and Macao, busted 618 criminal gangs that produced and sold fake products.

Guangdong investigated 1,066 commercial bribery cases, involving 590 million yuan in 2011.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: China Daily

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