Former vice finance minister expelled from CPC, office

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-20 19:18:14|Editor: Li Xia
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BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Shaochun, former vice minister of finance, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and public office for multiple violations.

The CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and the National Supervisory Commission said in a statement Thursday that upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee, the two agencies have conducted an investigation of Zhang's case.

The investigation found that Zhang had violated the Party's political discipline, prying into information about relevant cases and refusing to cooperate in the investigation.

By visiting luxury private clubs and attending banquets paid with public funds, he had violated the Party's eight-point decision on improving Party and government conduct, the statement said.

He was found to have violated the Party's organizational discipline by seeking benefits for others in terms of personnel arrangements and accepting money and gifts in return.

Also, by accepting money and gifts and conducting money-for-sex trades, he had violated the Party's discipline on integrity, the statement said, adding that Zhang also violated the Party's lifestyle discipline.

His acts to take advantage of his posts and decisions to seek benefits for others and accept huge amounts of money and gifts also put him on the radar for alleged bribery crimes, the statement said.

The statement said that Zhang, as a senior official, had lost his ideals and convictions, showing no Party consciousness and commitment to Party principles.

It also accused Zhang of using his power and influence as a tool for personal gains, leading a degenerate life, and showing no signs of restraint after the 18th CPC National Congress.

The CPC Central Committee has approved the decision to expel Zhang from the Party and his public posts were stripped by the National Supervisory Commission.

The statement said the Zhang's illegal gains will be confiscated and his case of suspected crimes, together with the property involved, will be transferred to a judiciary committee.