Ex-Sichuan Official Target of Criminal Inquiry, Top Prosecutor Says
The country's top prosecutor's office said on April 9 that a criminal investigation into a former vice governor of Sichuan Province who is suspected of taking bribes has started.
Guo Yongxiang, who served as vice governor of the southwestern province from 2006 to 2008, was expelled from the Communist Party the same day, the party's graft fighter said. An investigation into Guo by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) started in June.
The move is part of a major anti-corruption campaign that the party's general secretary, Xi Jinping, announced in January 2013. The campaign is heavily linked to Sichuan, ensnaring senior officials, executives of state-owned companies and tycoons in the province.