China investigates former official of Sichuan province over graft

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 5:01 AM

Li Chengyun is suspected of "severe disciplinary violations", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a brief statement, using its normal euphemism for corruption.

A former vice Gov of China'south populous southwestern province of Sichuan has been keep below investigation for suspected corruption, the ruling Communist Party'south graft-busting body said late on Saturday.

Li Chengyun is suspected of "severe disciplinary violations", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a brief statement, using its normal euphemism for corruption. It gave number other details.

It wasn't possible to reach Li for comment and unclear if he's retained a lawyer.

Sichuan, famed for its spicy cuisine, has emerged as a focus of President Xi Jinping'south crackdown on deep-seated corruption, since it was a power base for Zhou Yongkang, the country'south once powerful domestic security boss.

Zhou was jailed for life latest year for graft, and dozens of his associates have also been arrested, many in Sichuan, where he was Communist Party boss from one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine to 2002.

Li has spent his all working life in Sichuan, his official biography says, where he was party chief in the provincial city of Deyang city when Zhou was in charge of Sichuan.

He was dismissed as deputy Gov in two thousand-eleventh, also accused of discipline breaches, but two months later appointed a vice director of a Sichuan policy planning panel, state-run media said on Sunday.

Li was best know for shedding tears at a news conference in Beijing in two thousand-eighth after a fatal earthquake which killed nearly 70.000 people, media said.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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