Party expels top Guangxi official over corruption
A former deputy chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been stripped of all positions and dumped from the Communist Party for corruption.
Guangxi native Sun Yu , 51, became the latest in a long list of officials punished ahead of the party's plenary session, which started yesterday in Beijing.
The Ministry of Supervision and Central Disciplinary Committee said Mr Sun had 'seriously violated party discipline' and was removed from all positions and kicked out of the party, according to mainland media reports.
The Guangxi Daily said Mr Sun had allegedly siphoned off a large but undisclosed amount of public funds during his time in office and squandered it on a decadent lifestyle by keeping mistresses.
His case was transferred to the judicial system after authorisation had been received from the State Council, the newspaper said.
Caijing magazine reported that Mr Sun was suspected of taking 40 million yuan (HK$45.7 million) from a flood control project in Guilin by falsifying documents.
He is believed to have maintained a close relationship with four married women. The investigation started when a husband of one of the women reported Mr Sun's activities to the government last year.
Mr Sun worked for a decade as a local official in rural Guangxi before he became Guigang's mayor in the 1990s.
He was promoted to Guangxi deputy chairman in 1998 at the age of 41, and, as a young official from an ethnic minority, he was once widely expected to be in the running to become the region's chairman.
Reports emerged in November that Mr Sun was under investigation for alleged graft and corruption, and the Guangxi People's Congress' Standing Committee announced his sacking later that month.
Before he was deposed, Mr Sun was responsible for agriculture, water conservation, forestry and civil affairs.
Mainland media said Mr Sun was the first provincial-level official removed because of corruption since the 17th Party Congress last year, and was the fourth governor-ranking official removed in Guangxi in the past six decades.
Cheng Kejie , a former Guangxi chairman widely expected to become a National People's Congress vice-chairman, was executed in 2000 for corruption.
Two other vice-chairmen, Xu Bingsong and Liu Zhibing , were also jailed for graft. Xu was jailed for life while Liu received a 15-year term.
Mr Sun's removal coincided with the start of the party's plenary session yesterday, and followed news of the removal of Yu Youjun as party secretary of the Ministry of Culture.
It also followed repeated vows by top leaders to crack down on corruption.
Meanwhile, a number of senior officials in Linfen , Shanxi province , were removed for negligence in administration of the coal mining industry, Xinhua reported.
In an attempt to show a tough stance on illegal mining, the State Council sent an investigation crew to Linfen during the National Day holiday. The investigation crew collected evidence that led to the removal of vice-mayor Zhang Zhihua and of four other municipal and town officials.