China's 'smiling face' official on trial for graft
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese official with a penchant for luxury watches who sparked outrage after he was pictured smiling at the scene of a fatal accident went on trial on Friday for corruption, reports said.
Yang Dacai was dubbed "Brother Watch" by Chinese Internet users after images of him wearing various luxury brand watches were tracked down and circulated online.
He came under scrutiny from furious netizens after he was pictured grinning broadly as he assessed the twisted wreckage of a bus and a methanol tanker following an accident which left 36 people dead last year.
An investigation by the ruling Communist Party's discipline inspection commission found him guilty of "inappropriate 'smiling face' behaviour" and he was dismissed from his post as head of the work safety administration in Shaanxi province.