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Former vice-governor of PBOC charged for bribery

By YANG ZEKUN | China Daily | Updated: 2023-09-28 09:34


The former vice-governor of the People's Bank of China, Fan Yifei, who has been accused of taking bribes, is being prosecuted by the Huanggang People's Procuratorate in Hubei province, a statement issued by the Supreme People's Procuratorate said on Wednesday.

It said the National Commission of Supervision recently concluded its investigation into Fan and handed the case over to the SPP, which approved Fan's arrest in June and designated the Huanggang procuratorate for case review and prosecution.

The procuratorate informed Fan of his litigation rights during the review and prosecution phases, interrogated him and listened to the opinions of his defense counsel, the statement said.

Prosecutors have charged Fan with accepting bribes. He allegedly profited by taking advantage of different positions he has held throughout his career, during which he has served as deputy director of the fund planning department, general manager of the finance and accounting department, and vice-president of the present-day China Construction Bank; vice-president of China Investment Corporation; chairman of the Bank of Shanghai; and vice-governor of the People's Bank of China.

He helped companies and individuals receive loan financing, business contracts and work transfers, the SPP said. In return, he accepted a particularly large amount of property from those he helped.

Fan, 59, is a native of Jiangsu province. Graduated with a doctorate degree in finance from Renmin University of China, he has worked in the banking and finance sectors for many years. He began serving as vice-governor of the People's Bank of China in February 2015.

He was placed under disciplinary review and supervisory investigation in November 2022 — reportedly the first high-ranking official investigated after October's 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China — and was removed as vice-governor a month later.

In June this year, the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Commission of Supervision, China's top anti-graft watchdogs, announced Fan's expulsion from the Party and his removal from all public posts.

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