THE Central Committee of the Communist Party of China yesterday endorsed a decision made by its Political Bureau to expel former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai and former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun from the Party.
Bo, a former member of the 25-member Political Bureau, is accused of a range of misdeeds including covering up his wife’s murder of a British businessman. Liu was sacked early last year over corruption charges.
Bo and Liu can now be expected to face criminal charges and a trial.
Bo fell from grace earlier this year after his wife Bogu Kailai was found to have murdered a British associate. The Party accused Bo in September of corruption and of bending the law to hush up his wife’s murder of Neil Heywood. While she was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on August 20, Bo has yet to be formally charged.
Bo was also accused of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others and received huge bribes personally or through his family. He had or maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women. He was also found to have violated organizational and personnel disciplines and made erroneous decisions in certain promotion cases, resulting in serious consequences.
Liu, who was appointed in 2003, faced investigation for allegedly taking payouts while handing out contracts for the rapid expansion of China’s high-speed railway system.
The network, the largest in the world, has been plagued by graft and safety scandals. The state auditor said last year that construction companies and individuals have siphoned off 187 million yuan (US$30.7 million) in funds for the construction of the flagship high-speed railway line between Beijing and Shanghai.
A crash near the eastern city of Wenzhou in July last year that killed 40 people – making it China’s worst rail accident since 2008 – sparked broad concern about the safety of the ambitious high-speed rail system.
source: shanghai daily