Chief removed from ruling party post

The former head of China’s work safety authority has been ousted from the ruling Communist Party for corruption, its anti-graft watchdog said, after giant explosions in Tianjin that killed at least 165.

…As a senior cadre of the party, Yang “lost his ideals and conviction”, said the statement.

An investigation found that Yang, among other things…, violated regulations to land jobs and promotions for his son, took advantage of his power to embezzle public properties and assets, and sought business gains for companies in exchange for bribes.

His actions were “vicious in nature and the circumstances particularly serious”, the statement said, using phrases that often portend severe punishment in China’s legal system.

…Accusations against Zhou Benshun included illegally keeping confidential documents and leaking party and state secrets, making comments that ran afoul of top party leaders’ stances on “major issues” and taking bribes

source: The Star.

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