Chinese lottery bosses sacked in corruption probe

  • Two Chinese lottery bosses have been axed following allegations of corruption
  • Allegations come amid crackdown on corruption from Chinese President

Two leading figures in China’s state-run lottery have been removed from their positions after being accused of accepting bribes, according to China’s corruption watchdog.

Following an investigation by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), Bao Xuequan, the former boss of the China Welfare Lottery Management Centre, and his deputy Wang Yunge, were suspected of corruption.

According to the CCDI website, both have been removed their party and state positions by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The move is just the latest development in an ongoing crackdown on corruption that was instigated by President Xi Jinping shortly after he took office in 2012.

The upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party are concerned that ongoing corruption could undermine the Party’s ability to govern.

Systematic corruption

According to the CCDI, Bao used his authority to obtain material benefits, accepted gifts and had ‘improper sexual relations’.

Wang was charged with the same offences, along with a charge of obstructing the CCDI investigation and leaking state secrets.

The men will have their cases dealt with by the judicial authorities, but very few officials charged by the CCDI are found not guilty.

Gambling remains officially illegal in China, but citizens are permitted to play two state lotteries: the China Welfare Lottery and the China Sports Lottery.

The profits from these lotteries are supposed to be channelled into welfare and sports projects, but the officials who run the lotteries have long been under suspicion of siphoning off funds.

Two officials charged with running oversight over the lottery were demoted earlier this year for not doing enough to tackle corruption, and back in 2015, a Chinese government report found that of the 658 billion yuan spent from lottery funds that year, 17 billion ($2.56 billion) was used improperly.

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