China’s for­mer cy­berspace chief ex­pelled from Party for be­ing ‘ex­tremely dis­loyal’

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China’s for­mer cy­berspace ad­min­is­tra­tion chief Lu Wei was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) and re­moved from his gov­ern­ment po­si­tions for mul­ti­ple of­fenses in­clud­ing tak­ing bribes, China’s top anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog an­nounced Tues­day.

Lu, also for­mer deputy head of the Pub­lic­ity Depart­ment of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, had se­verely vi­o­lated po­lit­i­cal dis­ci­pline and reg­u­la­tions, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion (CCDI) of the CPC said in a state­ment.

The 57-year-old was found to “lie to, make reck­less re­marks on the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and dis­turb the pa­trolling works of the com­mit­tee,” said the state­ment, adding that he is “ex­tremely dis­loyal to the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.”

Ac­cord­ing to the strong­ly­worded state­ment, Lu has a “boast­ing am­bi­tion” and un­scrupu­lously made a show of his power. It also blasted Lu’s “vi­cious con­duct,” say­ing he anony­mously made false ac­cu­sa­tions against oth­ers, formed cliques and fre­quently en­tered pri­vate clubs.

Lu was also found to use his po­si­tion to take huge amounts of money and goods from oth­ers, to­gether with trad­ing power for sex, which is “com­pletely shame­less,” the CCDI said.

As a se­nior Party of­fi­cial, Lu lost his faith, his mis­sion and “com­pletely lost Party spirit,” it added.

Clues and goods re­lated to Lu’s case were handed over to rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, said CCDI.

CCDI an­nounced it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing Lu on Novem­ber 21, 2017, say­ing he was sus­pected of “se­vere vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline.” Lu is the first min­is­te­rial-level of­fi­cial to be probed fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the 19th Na­tional Congress of the CPC.

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