Ex-Shanghai party chief loses delegate status
Shanghai's legislature has formally dismissed the city's former party secretary, Chen Liangyu, as a delegate to the national legislature, Caijing magazine said yesterday, in a signal the disgraced leader is moving closer to criminal prosecution.
The Standing Committee of the Shanghai People's Congress decided to revoke Mr Chen's status as a National People's Congress deputy on Tuesday. The magazine quoted sources as saying he was dismissed for 'violating rules and discipline', similar reasons given for his sacking as party secretary.
The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy also said yesterday the Communist Party's powerful politburo had reached a 'conclusion' on Mr Chen's party status. The party typically strips officials of their membership before they go to trial.
Mr Chen allegedly channelled funds from Shanghai's pension fund into speculative investments. Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng has survived the scandal unscathed.