(AA) – A former vice chairman of China’s top parliamentary advisory body is being investigated by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on charges of accepting bribes in exchange for government positions, authorities announced Tuesday.
China’s Xinhua news agency quoted the Procuratorate as saying it had taken “coercive measures” against Su Rong, the former vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, who had been under investigation since June 2014.
Su was dismissed Monday from all public office after the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection discovered that he had “violated organizational and personnel disciplines and took the liberty to change official decisions, sought profits for others and accepted huge bribes in selection of officials and enterprise management by taking advantage of his post.”
Xinhua reported that in addition to abusing his power and causing “great losses” to state assets, Su had not adequately taken due responsibility in terms of clean governance.
The commission accused him of being accountable for serious corruption in China’s eastern Jiangxi province, where he had served as Party chief from 2007 to 2013.
It also announced Monday that it had placed Si Xinliang, a former senior official in eastern Zhejiang province, under investigation for “suspected serious discipline and law violations.”
The moves are the latest in a series of high-profile investigations into party cadres under President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.
Among those arrested were Zhou Yongkang, the former head of China’s domestic security service, and Ma Jian, an executive deputy minister at the Ministry of State Security.
Last month, Xinhua reported that 71,748 corrupt officials – high-level violators known locally as “tigers” and low-level “flies” – were punished in 2014 for violations of anti-corruption rules.