Party ex­pels for­mer cy­berspace chief for tak­ing bribes and ‘trad­ing power for sex’

China Daily - - TOP NEWS -

The for­mer head of China’s in­ter­net watch­dog has been dis­missed from pub­lic of­fice and ex­pelled from the Party for mul­ti­ple of­fenses, in­clud­ing tak­ing bribes, the top anti-graft agency said on Tues­day.

Lu Wei was di­rec­tor of the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China and for­merly deputy head of the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, which is tasked with root­ing out cor­rup­tion, said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion launched in Novem­ber found that Lu had se­verely vi­o­lated Party dis­ci­pline.

While ap­pear­ing obe­di­ent, he had covertly re­fused to im­ple­ment Party de­ci­sions, acted wan­tonly and is­sued ground­less crit­i­cisms of Party poli­cies, ac­cord­ing to a CCDI state­ment on Tues­day.

He also ob­structed the cen­tral au­thor­ity’s dis­ci­pline in­spec­tions, abused his power and pub­lic re­sources for per­sonal pur­poses, and un­scrupu­lously sought per­sonal in­flu­ence, it said.

The CCDI said Lu had framed oth­ers anony­mously and formed fac­tions and cliques, as well as fre­quented lux­u­ri­ous venues, way­wardly sought and used priv­i­leges, and acted peremp­to­rily and ar­bi­trar­ily.

The acts all vi­o­lated the Party’s eight-point fru­gal­ity code and mass line spirit, the state­ment said, adding that Lu had also failed to co­op­er­ate with in­ves­ti­ga­tors and had “shame­lessly traded power for sex”.

Anti-graft of­fi­cials had found he was se­lec­tive in im­ple­ment­ing the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s cy­berspace man­age­ment strat­egy and used his power for per­sonal gains.

Lu took ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to seek prof­its for oth­ers and re­ceived a huge amount of prop­erty, lead­ing to sus­pi­cions he had ac­cepted bribes, the state­ment said.

As a se­nior Party of­fi­cial, Lu had lost his Com­mu­nist faith and is “ex­tremely dis­loyal”, it added.

By com­pletely be­tray­ing each and every im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal re­quire­ment and ma­jor dis­ci­pline for Party mem­bers, Lu is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of du­plic­ity, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

It said that even af­ter the 18th CPC Na­tional Con­gress in 2012, he still showed no sign of re­straint and his wrong­do­ings were of a grave na­ture and caused pub­lic out­cry.

The CCDI said Lu’s il­licit gains will be con­fis­cated and his case trans­ferred to pros­e­cu­tors.

Mean­while, Ji Xiangqi, for­mer vice-gover­nor of Shan­dong prov­ince, has also been dis­missed and ex­pelled from the Party for se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions, in­clud­ing cor­rup­tion and bribery.

The anti-graft watch­dog said on Tues­day that Ji em­bez­zled large amounts of pub­lic prop­erty by tak­ing ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion and ac­cepted prop­erty in ex­change for help­ing oth­ers to ob­tain profit.

He had served as vice-gover­nor since Jan 2013 and was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month.

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