China to indict FIBA official Xiao Tian after corruption allegations

Thursday September 24th, 2015

A FIBA vice president is facing criminal indictment in China after he was found to have violated political disciplines and rules, the Associated Press reports.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection discovered that Xiao Tian, who was formerly the vice minister for basketball, accepted bribes, attempted to transfer illegal gains, hindered investigations and sought benefits for others. Xiao hired his wife and promoted her in direct violation of personnel rules, the commission found.

Xiao was stripped of all official duties as well as of his membership to China’s ruling party. The party had called for members to become more frugal, which Xiao ignored by using public funds for expensive dinners, attendance at private clubs and unapproved extended business trips.

The party will confiscate his illegal gains and deliver him to authorities for indictment.

Xiao’s indictment comes in light of the campaign started by Chinese President Xi Jinping to wipe out corruption among bureaucrats and government officials.

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