BEIJING (AP) – The ruling Communist Party in China has kicked out a former deputy public security minister amid a string of corruption charges on quitting his post amid the COVID outbreak- 19.
Sun Lijun was fired from his post after an investigation was opened last year and he will now face prosecution and what is likely to be a long prison term.
He is the latest senior official to fall in the sweeping crackdown on corruption led by President and Party Leader Xi Jinping for a decade, which has trapped many sitting and retired officials in what some consider to be politically motivated prosecutions.
An announcement by the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Sun exhibited “extremely exaggerated political ambition and very low political integrity”, made baseless criticisms of party policy and spread political rumors.
The senior police official also engaged in “superstitious activities”, sold official positions, displayed “extreme greed”, accepted large amounts of money and goods, and carried out a campaign. “decadent way of life,” according to the ad.
“The circumstances were particularly serious, the nature was particularly pernicious, the impact was extremely serious and the matter must be treated with extreme seriousness,” he said.
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