The Communist Party's top disciplinary unit yesterday ousted two former senior provincial officials for alleged corruption, paving the way for their trials. Former Yunnan governor Li Jiating and Fujian province's former deputy party secretary, Shi Zhaobin, had both been expelled from the Communist Party, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The commission also said it had recommended to the judiciary that their cases be handled as the law required. Both Li and Shi were alternate members of the Communist Party's policy-making Central Committee. Alternate members are considered elite cadres being groomed for full membership. Although it has been known for several months that Li and Shi were under investigation, yesterday's statements were the first by the Communist Party on their alleged crimes. Xinhua said the commission had found Li 'guilty' of three alleged crimes. He was said to have accepted 1.19 million yuan (HK$1.1 million) in bribes from a man surnamed Zou. Li was also accused of providing favours to 'other parties' who paid 20.49 million yuan to his son. The Xinhua report did not identify the 'other parties' nor Li's son. Finally, Li was said to have committed adultery with a married woman surnamed Xu, who made an illegal gain of 30 million yuan from their relationship. Li stepped down as Yunnan governor in May. In a separate report, Xinhua said Shi, also the former party secretary of Xiamen, had been found 'guilty' by the commission of accepting 690,000 yuan in bribes from Chen Yanxin, a former manager of an oil company in Xiamen. Shi was also accused of interfering in the investigation of three smuggling cases in Xiamen and failing in his leadership responsibility in the Yuan Hua smuggling case. Chen was sentenced to death in February for his part in the Yuan Hua scandal - widely considered the most serious smuggling case in China since 1949.