Six Hunan officials who were caught in a blackmail-by-sex-tape controversy in 2010 have been removed from office and ejected from the Communist Party, Xinhua reported.
The Hunan Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection confirmed to the state news agency on Tuesday that the officials had been dealt with harshly for their “degenerate behaviour”.
The officers, who were administrators in various cities and municipalities of Hunan province, had each been lured into having sex with two girls hired by a gang who had the intention of extorting the officials with tapes of their sex acts.
The expelled officials are Zhao Anmin, party committee vice-secretary and former head of the Hengyang municipal health bureau; Yin Wen, vice-chairman of the Changning Municipal People’s Congress; and Leiyang Municipal Forestry Bureau chief Duan Dinghua.
Leiyang tourism bureau chief Shi Dongsheng and party committee secretary Liu Honghan, head of the Leiyang Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, were also punished.
The Hengyang and Leiyang municipal committees have relieved the officials of their duties.
The girls were sent to seduce the officials between May and November 2010, and their intimate moments were secretly filmed with pinhole cameras. The six-member gang who hired the girls burned the footage onto computer discs and used them to blackmail the officials for cash.
The gang members have been arrested and brought to trial.
State news agency Xinhua said that officials, by having extramarital affairs, not only flouted the law but also “violated the principles of socialism”.
It said the Hengyang Municipal Committee had decided to publicise the case as a warning for other officials to practice self-control.