Top boss at Chongqing Hilton arrested by police

08:24, July 26, 2010      

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Police arrested a top manager at the embattled Chongqing Hilton Hotel last Friday over various allegations, including links to mafia activities.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported that Chongqing police nabbed 46 gangsters for their roles in 13 crimes.

The arrest came shortly after the Chongqing Hilton Hotel was suspended last month for allegedly allowing mafia members to run a prostitution business at the hotel.

Chongqing police announced Friday that the general manager of the company, Peng Zhiming, had been arrested, because he was suspected of having ties to mafia organizations and having links to prostitution and for causing social disturbances, assault and bribery.

Police found that Peng was also involved in forced demolitions. Peng employed dozens of demolition employees who forced residents to leave their homes through violence. He also cooperated with gangster Wang Xiaojun to provide illicit services in the Diamond Dynasty Club located inside the hotel.

Peng also admitted that he bribed government officials and offered them free sexual services to win their support.

In addition to being the general manager of the company, Peng is also a police officer who was praised for his role in the crackdown on gang activities in the municipality last year. He was promoted from vice section chief to squad chief.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported that other government officials, including Nan'an agriculture and forestry irrigation bureau Party secretary Lu Yonghe, and deputy director He Defu, were also arrested.

The hotel was allowed to reopen on June 30.

Source:Global Times

(Editor:梁军)

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