A former deputy Party Secretary in a northeastern Chinese city was arrested on Aug. 28 for hiring hit-men to kill the city’s Traffic Bureau Chief, according to the China News Service, a state-controlled media.
Chinese media reported that Li Xingguang, Traffic Bureau Chief of Hegang City in China’s Helongjiang Province was stabbed to death in front of his home on Aug. 17. On Aug. 25, the Hegang City Public Security Bureau arrested four suspects and one of them, Wang Jianbo confessed that he paid the other three men 260,000 yuan to kill Li.
Police traced Wang’s bank account for the source of such a huge amount of money and found that Wang had received 300,000 yuan from his relative Bai Yuku, Chief Manager of the Huanyu Group, an affiliate of Hegang City’s Traffic Bureau, according to the report.
A police investigation indicates that Wang and Bai each had their motives for killing Li.
Wang told police that he was under a corruption investigation while working as a manager in the Huanyu Group, and Li, who worked as the Traffic Bureau Chief, confronted him several times and assigned a special task force to investigate him. He therefore found another three men to kill Li.
However, the man behind the scheme is Hegang City’s former Party Secretary and former Traffic Bureau Chief, Bai Yuku, who also happens to be Li’s former boss. Bai told police that he had helped Li climb the career ladder. Li used to work under him as the deputy Traffic Bureau Chief and took Bai’s position as Traffic Bureau Chief when Bai stepped down, the report said.
Bai said that he became the Chief Manager of the Huanyu Group, an affiliate of the Traffic Bureau. But Li has not been very cooperative in letting Huanyu bid for construction projects, receive funding, or arrange human resources. Bai was especially mad when Li assigned a deputy Bureau Chief to replace Bai as the CEO of a newly established construction company. Bai felt Li ungrateful and resorted to having him killed. He took advantage of Wang’s holding deep grudge against Li and paid Wang 300,000 to kill Li.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) keeps close watch over all Chinese media, negative reports in particular. Newspapers are allowed to report local corruption, whereas reporting on systematic problems, or on the legitimacy of the CCP itself, is prohibited.
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