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Ex-railway minister, deputy governor face prosecution

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

10:12, January 07, 2012

A former railway minister and an ex-deputy governor of eastern China's Shandong Province have been placed on file for criminal investigation and prosecution, the latest in a series of high-level corruption cases.

Liu Zhijun, the ex-railway minister, and Huang Sheng were accused of "serious disciplinary violations," Cui Shaopeng, spokesman for the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China, said yesterday.

Both have undergone "double designation" - a special investigative procedure for Party officials under which they are required to confess or explain wrongdoings at a certain time and place.

Liu, 59, an advocate of high-speed train travel, was sacked in February 2011 as the railway minister and then detained amid a graft probe that involved a series of railway projects.

Late last month, the State Council said Liu should also be responsible for the bullet train crash last July that killed 40 people in the eastern city of Wenzhou. But the Party's top disciplinary watchdog did not disclose more details about his case.

According to his official biography, Liu joined the Party at age 20 and was appointed the railway minister in March 2003.

The investigation of Liu came a month after a corruption probe into businesswoman Ding Shumiao, 55, a member of Shanxi Province's political advisory body. Since 2000, she reportedly expanded into railway construction and established Broad Union Group, which became China's only producer and maintainer of train wheel sets in 2006 and won contracts worth 2 billion yuan.

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