Date
23 October 2017
Ji Wenlin has been closely associated with former security boss Zhou Yongkang, who is reportedly under investigation for suspected graft. Photo: AFP
Ji Wenlin has been closely associated with former security boss Zhou Yongkang, who is reportedly under investigation for suspected graft. Photo: AFP

Former Hainan vice governor expelled from Party

Ji Wenlin, former vice governor of southern China’s Hainan province, has been expelled from the Communist Party for taking “huge bribes” and committing adultery, China’s top anti-corruption body said on Wednesday.

Ji will be handed over to the legal authorities, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement.

“He took advantage of his position to seek benefits for others, solicited and obtained huge bribes and engaged in adultery,” according to the statement.

Ji has been put under investigation since February for serious discipline violations, a phrase that refers to graft. He was sacked from his post as vice governor of Hainan in March.

His downfall is widely considered as linked with the nation’s former security boss Zhou Yongkang. Ji was one of Zhou’s top aides.

Ji worked with Zhou in the Ministry of Land and Resources in the late 1990s when Zhou was the minister. Then he worked under Zhou after the latter became the party boss of Sichuan province. The two also worked together in the Ministry of Public Security in the early 2000s.

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