Two disgraced officials - Qiu Xiaohua and Zheng Xiaoyu have been dismissed as
national political advisers before the top advisory body opens its annual full
session on Saturday.
The Standing Committee of the National
Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) made
the decision yesterday.
Qiu Xiaohua [file
Qiu, 49, former head of the National Bureau of Statistics, was removed from
his post in October for alleged involvement in the 10 billion-yuan ($1.28
billion) Shanghai social security fund fraud.
He was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) in January, and the
central disciplinary watchdog accused him of "taking a large sum of bribes from
enterprises, living a decadent life, and committing bigamy".
Zheng, 63, former State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) chief, was
removed from his post on June 22, 2005 after being accused of taking bribes
during his eight years in office as the country's top drug watchdog.
Zheng was detained on December 22 last year.
In addition to Qiu and Zheng, Li Pinsan, former chairman of the Industry and
Commerce Federation of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, was also expelled from the
CPPCC National Committee yesterday for alleged illegal fund-raising.
The Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee also accepted the
resignation of He Linxiang, former head of the Agricultural Development Bank of
China because of discipline violations.
Zheng Xiaoyu [file photo]
Also yesterday, the National People's Congress (NPC), the top legislature,
dismissed three members for alleged corruption and law violation.
Liu Weiming, 68, who was Guangdong vice-governor from 1988 to 1998 and
vice-chairman of the provincial committee of the CPPCC from 1998 to 2003, is
accused of using his power to make profits of up to 160 million yuan ($20.5
million) for his son.
Deng Zhonghua, 49, president of Chendian International Development Co in
Central China's Hunan Province, is accused of taking and offering bribes of up
to 1.5 million yuan ($192,000).
Li Yichao, chairman of Zhongtai Group in Luoyang, Central China's Henan
Province, is accused of tax evasion of about 14 million yuan ($1.8 million).
Altogether more than 30 deputies and members of the country's top legislature
and advisory body were ousted in the past four years.
(China Daily 03/01/2007 page1)