BEIJING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Hao Chunrong, former vice governor of northeast China's Liaoning Province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office over serious violations of Party discipline and laws, the country's top anti-graft body said Thursday.
The punishment was handed down following an investigation into Hao conducted by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee. Hao was also a former member of the leading Party members group of the provincial government.
Hao has lost her ideals and convictions, had weak sense of discipline, and rejected authorities' probe, according to the investigation.
She was also found to have accepted gifts and money in violation of the eight-point code for Party and government conduct, refused to report personal information as required, sought benefits for others during job promotion and transfers in exchange for financial gains.
Other violations include failing to keep her hands clean in her positions and seeking benefit for others in program approval and project contracting and obtaining huge amounts of money and gifts in return, said the anti-graft body.
Hao's actions have gravely breached Party discipline and constitute significant violations of duty-related laws. She is also suspected of criminal offenses of accepting bribes, the anti-graft body noted.
In line with Party regulations and laws, a decision was made to expel Hao from the Party, remove her from public office, terminate her qualification as a delegate to the 13th CPC Liaoning Provincial Congress, and confiscate her illicit gains.
Hao's case will be referred to the procuratorate for criminal investigation and prosecution, according to the anti-graft body. ■