The former deputy secretary of the local party committee and head of the administrative department of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of Ali, Phuntsok, has “voluntarily surrendered” for an alleged charge.
He is the third Tibetan official to turn himself in for investigation.
China’s top anti-corruption body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced on May 8 that Phuntsok allegedly committed “serious violations of discipline and law.”
According to his public profile, Phuntsok, 63, is a veteran official in Tibet’s Ali region. He served as deputy secretary of the Ali local party committee and deputy commissioner of the executive branch in 2011.
In February 2014, Phuntsok served as the director of the Ali regional working committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Region People’s Congress Standing Committee.
Before Phuntsok “voluntarily surrendered,” his boss, Zhu Zhongkui, the former secretary of the Ali Regional Committee, also voluntarily surrendered in October 2021.
In January 2017, Zhu Zhongkui served as the secretary of the Ali regional party committee, and Phuntsok was the deputy secretary of the Ali local party committee and commissioner of the executive office. The two men worked together for more than two years.
In September 2021, Zhu Zhongkui was removed from his post and surrendered himself in October of the same year. In April of this year, he was sacked from the party and from public service.
In addition, several officials in the Tibetan Autonomous Region have recently come to turn themselves in. They included the former mayor of Linzhi, Wangdue, and the former mayor of Rikaze, Liu Hushan.
Last year, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection stated that about 42,000 allegedly corrupt officials had turned themselves in under the anti-corruption campaign since the 19th Party Congress in 2017.