Date
26 September 2017
Xi Jinping has vowed to root out corrupt officials at all levels of the Chinese Communist Party. Photo: Reuters
Xi Jinping has vowed to root out corrupt officials at all levels of the Chinese Communist Party. Photo: Reuters

Former top Sichuan official being prosecuted for graft

Li Chuncheng, a former senior official in China’s Sichuan province, has been expelled from the Communist Party and handed over to judicial authorities for prosecution on corruption charges, state media reported.

The Party’s discipline watchdog announced late Tuesday that Li is found to have indulged in bribery and abuse of power, Xinhua news agency said.

“Li Chuncheng took advantage of his position to seek benefits for others and accepted huge amounts of bribes,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection was quoted as saying in a statement.

The statement also implicated Li’s wife, daughter and younger brother. It accused the wife and daughter of accepting what it called huge amounts of property from others.

Li, who was former vice chief of the Communist Party in Sichuan province hasn’t been seen in public since late 2012 when the party announced that he was under investigation, the Wall Street Journal noted in a report.

Li was among the first wave of senior officials put under investigation after Xi Jinping took over as head of the Party. Xi has vowed to root out corrupt officials at every level of the party.

Many of those targeted in Xi’s anti-graft drive were associates of Zhou Yongkang, who oversaw domestic security as a member of the top leadership until his retirement in November 2012, the Journal noted.

Li worked under Zhou from 1999-2002 when Zhou served as Sichuan province’s top leader. 

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