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WANG Anwu, the director of the grain bureau in Shaanxi's Xixiang County, is on trial for embezzlement and bribery in Hanzhong City Intermediate People's Court, the Xinhua news agency reported today.

He is charged with taking bribes worth 516,000 yuan (US$75,586.75) and embezzling 1 million yuan.

But netizens are more outraged at the revelation he had been convicted of rape some years ago.

They are demanding that the recruitment procedure be examined and anyone who helped the convicted criminal continue working with government, be punished. According to Chinese law, anyone with a criminal record is banned from working as a government official.

The Xixiang disciplinary authority discovered Wang's rape conviction when it was investigating the corruption case last year. They found out Wang had been jailed for four years in 1984 for raping and molesting four women in cases dating from 1979 to 1983.

The hardware company he worked with fired him after he was sentenced.

But two years later when he was released, Wang was back at work with the same company. He was promoted to head the county's grain bureau in 2004.

Wang was again arrested last year after the local disciplinary authority received complaints from farmers that the government-allocated rice supply was not as much as it should have been.

The county launched the rice program to help 20,000-plus local people affected in the May 12 earthquake. Under the 1.75-million-yuan program, farmers got half a kilogram of rice every day for one month.

The authority's investigation confirmed that 10 of the 23 towns covered by the aid program received rice that was short of the official volume - 13,803 kilograms of rice valued at 45,555 yuan were missing.

Further investigations revealed that one of the two rice suppliers was putting between 8.5 and 9.5 kilograms of rice in each 10-kilogram bag.

Police arrested the supplier, Liu Shaoming.

Wang, as the official in charge of the rice supply, was suspended from his work for self-criticism.



 

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