In my post “Officials rounded up in campaign against economic crimes” yesterday, I mentioned the Ming Pao report on Guangdong’s “three strikes and two constructions” campaign, operating since the beginning of this year. “Three strikes” are striking the malpractices of domination of the market, manufacture and sale of fakes, and commercial bribes.
Provincial Party boss Wang Yang said that for the “three strikes”, the point of breakthrough should be “fighting against organised crime and removing evils”.
In addition, I quoted the following passage of SCMP’s report on the campaign yesterday: “As part of the campaign, 300 armed police under the command of the Guangdong government raided the office of a property developer in Huizhou, east of Guangzhou on Friday and arrested 40 people, the Southern Metropolis News reported yesterday. The developer was identified as Hu Weisheng, or Vincent Wu, and he holds a US passport and Hong Kong ID card. The report said Huizhou police were not notified about the operation, nor did the government give a reason for the raid.”
China News Services gives more details of Hu’s arrest in its report: On the basis of the clues provided by common people, Huizhou City Public Security Bureau made an initial investigation and discovered an organised criminal gang head by Hu Weisheng, an American Chinese business tycoon. It immediately established a small detachment with hand picked policemen for further investigation, and found that the gang was involved in illegal criminal activities including kidnapping for blackmail, wilfully injuring people, arson, traffic of contrabands, operating casinos, dominance of the market, and other serious offences.
Organised and directed by the Provincial Department of Public Security, Huizhou City conducted an action with the code name of No. 1126 case of organised criminal gang on June 22. It dispatched more than 600 policemen divided into 32 teams to arrest gang members simultaneously in Huicheng, Huidong, Zhongkai and Huiyang districts. They arrested Hu Weisheng, head of the gang, and 43 people and seized 6 vehicles, 70-odd pistol bullets, properties and goods involved in the case .
Hu Weisheng, a Huidong County native is said to be quite influential among the Chinese in the entire Los Angeles area.
The case is still under investigation.
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