China’s ex-steel chief expelled from CPC

Beijing, Jan 8 (IANS) The former chief of major Chinese steelmaker Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Corp. has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for multiple offences including graft, hindering investigations and “practising superstitious activities”, it was officially announced here on Friday.

“Deng Qilin severely violated political discipline and rules,” the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement.

The 64-year-old had disrupted and obstructed disciplinary inspections and investigations and had long been “practicing superstitious activities”, China Radio International reported citing the statement.

Deng accepted bribes and took advantage of his post to seek profits for others in the promotion of officials and business operations.

Deng seriously violated the Party’s code by occupying an excessive number of apartments and obtaining illegal bonuses.

He also traded his power for sex, according to the CCDI.

Deng’s illegal gains will be confiscated and his case will be handed over to prosecutors, it said.

The CCDI announced it was investigating Deng in August 2015.

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