China's Communist Party expels ex-Nanjing mayor for bribes
Published on Jan 30, 2014 3:20 PM
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's ruling Communist Party has expelled a former city mayor for bribery and abuse of power, one of the most senior government officials to fall victim to President Xi Jinping's campaign against graft.
Ji Jianye was mayor of Nanjing where he "took advantage of his position to seek benefits for others (and) received a huge amount of money and gifts either by himself or through family members", the party's corruption watchdog said on Thursday.
"(He was) morally corrupt," it said, citing an investigation. The findings against Ji would be handed to judicial authorities to handle, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website.
Ji was removed as Nanjing mayor on Oct 19, two days after the government announced he was under investigation for suspected "disciplinary violations" - a term often used for corruption - and breaking the law.
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