The Shanghai Daily is reporting that 5 officials from the Chinese Food and Drug Watchdog have been arrested on graft charges.
I must admit that I have never heard of a graft charge before - Thank God for Wikipedia.
Political corruption is the use of legislated powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties.
Forms of corruption vary, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft, and embezzlement. While corruption may facilitate criminal enterprise such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and trafficking, it is not restricted to these activities.
The five arrests comes less than three years after the head of China's Food and Drug watchdog was executed for the same offence.
The Shanghai Daily writes:
The five were arrested on suspicion of taking bribes, the Economic Observer News reported yesterday.
Of the five arrested officials, Wei Liang was the first to be given double designation status in the investigation, which is still undergoing and may take in more officials, a well-informed source told the newspaper.
Double designation is when a Party official is ordered to answer allegations of disciplinary violations or corruption at a designated time and place.
You can read more here
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Anyone for a Chinese Take-Away?
Thanks to Cyndi White for passing this information on.
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