Lavish Banquets Land Chinese Policemen in Trouble
In a bid to check growing corruption in China, authorities have brought two policemen to book for throwing lavish banquets and receiving money from guests.
A Communist Party disciplinary commission in the southern province of Guangdong said the sumptuous parties had cast the government and the party in a bad light, Xinhua news agency said.
The vice police chief in Lianjiang city, Chen Xizhao, was suspended for inviting 400 guests to a sumptuous banquet at his new home and collecting 65,000 yuan (7,300 dollars) in cash gifts from them, the report said.
The commission also dispensed a warning to the vice head of police at Shenzhen airport, Liu Shengqiang, who hosted a 110-table wedding banquet for his daughter and collected 36,000 yuan from guests, it said.
Numerous police officials attended both banquets, the report said.
In China, banquet hosts often collect money from guests to help pay for the festivities. Local media said Liu's banquet cost at least 440,000 yuan.
The ruling party has railed against corruption for years, seeking to counter public anger over regular reports of graft and stories of excess and debauchery among senior officials.
The commission in Guangdong also meted out unspecified punishment in separate cases to officials involved in gambling, manipulating land transfers and collecting illegal fees, Xinhua said.