Former deputy minister drummed out for 'serious breaches'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 June, 2009, 12:00am

Former vice-minister of finance Zhu Zhigang has been stripped of his posts and Communist Party membership after a 'serious breach of conduct and law'.

A brief statement posted on the central government's website last night stated that an earlier investigation had found Zhu had abused his position for personal gain and for the enrichment of family members through the buying and selling of property at knockdown prices. In addition to the party's disciplinary actions, Zhu's ill-gotten gains were being seized and his actions had been referred to legal authorities.

Zhu, 58, was removed from the post of head of the NPC Standing Committee's budgetary work committee last December, although his resignation had been endorsed in October.

No official explanation was given for the move, but an NPC spokesman told a news conference he was 'under investigation for suspected violations of discipline and law'.

The central government announced in April that the full reasons for Zhu's dismissal would be revealed. Zhu was vice-minister of finance from July 2000 to last February, when he became head of the NPC budgetary committee.