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Top China official to face prosecution for corruption

china chiFormer senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for

corruption and faces prosecution, said the country’s top anti-corruption body.

Mr Su was a vice-chairman of China’s parliamentary advisory body.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said he had used his position

to obtain “large bribes”.

State media had announced in June 2014 that the government was investigating him for


The CCDI statement (in Chinese) said that Mr Su had been expelled from the party and

relieved of all positions.

It added that his behaviour had “resulted in serious violations of the law” and that “the

issue of his alleged crime, clues, and evidence have been handed to the legal authorities

for them to take action”.

It said that Mr Su had abused his position of authority, receiving “large sums of illegal

bribes” which resulted in “huge losses of government assets”. The statement did not give


Mr Su, who was previously the top Communist Party official in Jiangxi province, was

also found to be “chiefly responsible for the serious corruption problem that has emerged

in Jiangxi”.

Chinese media reported in November last year that several officials from a city in Jiangxi

said to have links to Mr Su were arrested.

He was one of 23 vice-chairmen with the Chinese People’s Political Consultative

Conference, which was seen as a prestigious position. The conference advises China’s

legislature, the National People’s Congress.

China has been conducting a widespread crackdown on corruption since President

Xi Jinping took power in 2012, and has arrested dozens of officials and others in the

private sector. The authorities have also gone after those who have fled the country, and

extradited hundreds of suspected “economic criminals” back to China last year.

Mr Su is considered to be among the most senior government figures caught in the

dragnet, along with former security chief Zhou Yongkang who was arrested in December.