The Fall of the Municipal Committee’s Secretary!
“Since you have succeeded… Su Lin, why don’t you make the contents of the Accounts Book public for all to hear then?”
Saying that, Yan Longyong acted as if he had given Su Lin a great opportunity, and he even winked towards Su Lin in encouragement. The meaning behind his actions clear: ‘Kid, look how good of an opportunity I have provided you with!’
“Me? This… Won’t that be a bit inappropriate?” Su Lin timidly asked. There were so many officials in the hall, and even Fang Liping was looking towards him. All the attention he was receiving made Su Lin a little anxious.
However, he immediately saw Fang Liping give him a look of encouragement, so he also gathered his guts and started to loudly, and clearly announce the contents of the Accounts Book, “Everyone, I am currently holding the recovered Accounts Book of the Dragon-Tiger Gang that has the records of all the transactions and bribes they did with many senior, middle, and lower-levelled officials of Jian’an City. The records include the amount of bribe each official received, the time of the transaction, the place where the deal happened, the account numbers, and everything else related to the transaction…”
“That’s impossible! How can you have the Accounts Book of the Dragon-Tiger Gang in your hands? That has to be a fake! Everyone, take a look at the quality of the material of that Accounts Book; that’s clearly an ordinary notebook used by high-schoolers. Will the Dragon-Tiger Gang use such a notebook to record all of their transactions?”
Liu Jianguo finally became flustered and anxious, and interrupted Su Lin’s words with haste as he brought in question the legitimacy of the Accounts Book in Su Lin’s hands. As everyone else in the room looked at the Accounts Book, they also thought that it was a regular notebook used by high-schoolers. This was an empty notebook Su Lin had taken from his home on the way to the Mayor’s Office.
“That’s right! It’s just like what Secretary Liu said; this isn’t the original Accounts Book of the Dragon-Tiger Gang. The original Accounts Book had been robbed and burnt to ash.”
Su Lin kept speaking while looking towards Liu Jianguo’s face to make out any special expression, “But since I had read the contents of the Accounts Book beforehand, I used my memory to recover the entirety of its content in a new notebook. With that… The Accounts Book is now in my hand, in its original condition!”
Lifting the Accounts Book in his hands, Su Lin fervently said, “Inside this Accounts Book are records of the corruption committed by Secretary Liu Jianguo, and many other officials of Jian’an City. Each record is trackable with the amount, accounts, goods, and location…”
“Impossible! That’s impossible! How can we believe the words of a brat? Who knows what you have written in that notebook? Just because you call it evidence, you expect us to believe it as such? How laughable!”
Liu Jianguo began to fluster even more and yelled out, “Security! Security! Someone kick this kid out of this place! This is a serious gathering of government officials, so how can we allow a brat to ramble nonsense here? Security! Where’s the security?!”
“What’s the matter, Secretary Liu? Why are you getting so flustered? Since there’s no evil in your heart, let Su Lin read out the contents of the Accounts Book for everyone. Whether it’s real or not will be easy for the Special Investigation Committee to verify through their governmental sources. Everything will become clear at that time.”
Fang Liping instantaneously made a comeback against Liu Jianguo. Even though she couldn’t believe Su Lin could write out all the contents of the Accounts Book from memory after a single look, she still had to back him up at this point. There was nothing else she could do now, except for betting on him.
“You… Young man, you are called Su Lin, right? Hurry up and submit the Accounts Book for inspection by us. We will certainly make a thorough investigation effort to verify the records inside!”
Without giving Zhu Li any chance to open his mouth, Zheng Liangbo asked a person in the vicinity to take the Accounts Book from Su Lin’s hands. After that, he immediately made the members of the Special Investigation Committee that had arrived with them verify the authenticity of the records.
First was to verify the bank account numbers and the remittance records, and it was pretty easy to verify. The Special Investigation Committee had come prepared, and it was under their jurisdiction to fetch the needed records from the banks on-demand. Hence, the Special Investigation Committee investigators immediately turned on their computers and began verifying the records.
Bribes given by the Dragon-Tiger Gang had been transferred to the various officials through different channels. Some were transferred directly to their accounts, some had been given in cold hard cash by hand, some had been transferred through various anonymous bank accounts, but no matter what the method used was, so long as the transactions were very authentic, they would have solid evidence to convict the corrupt officials.
“Deputy Director Zheng, the transactions and information on this Accounts Book… We just investigated and almost all of them are authentic. Moreover, we were able to determine that Secretary Liu of the Municipal Committee has received at least 10 Million in bribe from the Dragon-Tiger Gang. Other than that, the Jiaxing Hotel of Jian’an is a joint property with shares held by both the Dragon-Tiger Gang, and Secretary Liu’s son, Liu Yuanfeng. Most of the behind-the-scenes plotting and transactions were conducted by Liu Yuanfeng as well…”
Quickly, in less than one hour, the information in the Accounts Book had been thoroughly verified by the Special Investigation Committee members. As Zheng Liangbo and Fang Liping listened to the contents of the report, a subtle smile of victory appeared on their faces. The Secretary of the Municipal Committee, Liu Jianguo, and many of the other officials on the scene had already reached a point of collapse.
‘Great! We can finally get rid of Liu father and son’s influence from Jian’an…’
Su Lin had been patiently waiting by the side. Since he knew the records in the Accounts Book were authentic, he wasn’t worried in the least. And now that he heard the report made by the Special Investigation Committee members, the last bit of anxiousness in his heart also disappeared.
“Liu Jianguo, I had never thought you would turn out to be such a corrupt man running amuck like this in Jian’an City! I, Zhu Li, misread you and let you pull the wool over my eyes for so long. Now that there’s solid evidence, I, Zhu Li, formally convict you as a corrupt official, under my authority as the representative of the Fujian Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Special Investigation Committee!”
In the face of such solid evidence and the presence of Zheng Liangbo, even if the friendship between Zhu Li and Liu Jianguo was quite deep, he had no choice but to give precedence to his official duties and convict Liu Jianguo to be sent for punishment.
The Municipal Committee Secretary, Liu Jianguo, had been convicted! The Municipal Committee Secretary, Liu Jianguo, had fallen from power just like that!
All of this happened, and the one to blame was none other than a nameless youth… Su Lin!