Top Guangzhou cadre sacked from party for graft

October 09, 2014 18:31
Wan Qingliang's expulsion from the party is expected to be confirmed at its upcoming plenum. His case has been transferred to judicial authorities. Photo:

A former top cadre in Guangzhou has been expelled from the Communist Party for corruption, state news agency Xinhua reported Thursday, citing China's anti-graft watchdog.

Wan Qingliang, a former party chief in the southern Chinese city, was also stripped of his public position.

In a brief statement, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Wan "sought profits by taking advantage of his position".

He demanded and accepted huge bribes, the statement said.

Wan also frequented high-end private clubs in violation of a campaign against extravagance.

The revelations came after Wan was investigated by the graft agency in June.

The case will be transferred to judicial authorities. His ouster from the party will be confirmed at its upcoming plenum.

Wan, 50, served as an alternate member of the 18th CPC central committee and was also on the standing committee of the party's Guangdong branch.

He had been widely seen as a rising star because his role as a party chief in a major municipality put him within reach of a senior political position, the report said.

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