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Inflation in China (Hitmen are getting expensive)
Edited on Wed Jun-30-10 04:22 PM by Prometheus Bound
Whereas it cost only 20-30,000 yuan (US$3000-4400) to whack a rival in 1999 it costs 300,000 today (US$44,000) -- 10 times as much, yet still affordable.

More officials trying to get away with murder
Wang Xiangwei

Updated on Jun 28, 2010


Many mainland bureaucrats have begun to employ hit men or use acid to finish off their rivals.


The latest example is typical. Earlier this month, Bai Yuku, former director of the Communications Bureau in Hegang, Heilongjiang, was sentenced to death for masterminding a lethal hit on his successor, Li Xingguang. On August 17, Li was found dead in front of his apartment with knife wounds to his neck and chest. After eight days of investigation, local police arrested Wang Jianbo, a senior manager at a company controlled by the Communications Bureau, along with the hitman and two other middlemen. Wang later confessed that Bai, his cousin, had ordered the hit and put up 300,000 yuan (HK$343,000) to the hitman.

Following his arrest, Bai, also the former deputy chairman of the city Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said he had ordered Li murdered mainly for ingratitude. Bai had groomed Li to take over Bai's job, but Li refused to defer to Bai in the promotion of officials in the bureau, bids for public works and appropriation of funds - three areas in which corrupt officials can make dirty money by soliciting bribes from lower-ranking officials who seek promotions or by rigging the bidding process or misappropriating funds for personal gain. The development that sealed Li's death was his refusal to allow Bai to head a road construction project valued at 800 million yuan, denying Bai an opportunity to make handsome profits. With the mainland spending trillions of yuan on roads and expressways, transport officials in charge of construction are widely known for skimming funds for their own use or soliciting bribes from construction firms - leading to a popular saying that "if one wants to get rich, build a road".


One of the mainland's most shocking cases occurred in Shangqiu, Henan, in the late 1990s. Xu Jianshe, director of the Urban and Land Management Bureau in Liangyuan district, was accused of hiring thugs to murder Li Wenzhong, the director of Shangqiu's Urban Planning Bureau and Xu's supervisor. Xu decided to take him out simply because Li had decided to curtail some of Xu's power and openly criticised him for some financial irregularities. He then consulted his cousin, who paid 20,000 yuan to two thugs who stabbed Li to death in January 1999. It was not the first time Xu had used violence against his colleagues. In August 1997, he paid 30,000 yuan to hire two thugs to break a colleague's leg because of a dispute and also paid 50,000 yuan to have another colleague beaten. On January 3, 2003, Xu was sentenced to death for masterminding Li's murder.

Sometimes, a simple quarrel in the office can bring out a killer's instinct. According to state media reports earlier this month, an official surnamed Gao used a hammer to hit another official surnamed Liang in the head, almost killing him during an intense argument in an office on June 17.


Recent cases of mainland officials murdering one another

1997 Yang Jinsheng, deputy director of Fujian Environmental Protection Bureau, hired hitmen to kill the bureau chief with sulphuric acid. He got the death penalty.

1999 Xu Jianshe, director of a district land bureau in Shangqiu, Henan, hired hitmen to kill the head of the city land bureau with knives. Death penalty.

2000 Xue Wenxun, former chief of an urban construction bureau in Shanxi, hired hitmen to kill his successor with dynamite. Death penalty.

2002 Wang Baosheng, supply manager of the China Textile Academy, killed the director by drowning. Death penalty.

2005 Guo Tianjing, party secretary of Mae town, Xian, Shaanxi, killed the chief of a district food and drug administration with a blade. Death penalty.

2008 Guan Liuru, public security head of a development zone in Hohhot, capital of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, murdered the deputy party secretary of the city with a gun. Guan committed suicide.
August 17, 2009 Bai Yuku, former director of the Communications Bureau in Hegang, Heilongjiang, hired hitmen to kill his successor with a knife. Death penalty.

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