BEIJING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Liu Yanping, former head of the top anti-graft authority's discipline inspection and supervision office at the Ministry of National Security, 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 announced Thursday.
The punishment was handed down following an investigation into Liu by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee.
The investigation found that Liu, having lost his ideals and convictions, is downright corrupt politically. He traded political power for interests and distorted his power into a tool to seek political capital, personal benefits, and wealth.
Liu also engaged in superstitious activities and resisted probes into his problems, according to the investigation.
Disregarding the Party's eight-point frugality code, Liu accepted golf game invitations by private business owners as well as banquets, tours, and medical services that may compromise his impartiality in the performance of official duties. He also received gifts and money and used funeral and wedding occasions to enrich himself.
Liu was dishonest to the Party when he was required to explain his problems, and violated Party rules in the promotion of officials and the recruitment of working staff. He also wantonly abused his power to seek benefits for others in business operations, and illegally accepted vast amounts of money and valuables in return.
He has severely violated the Party's discipline and committed duty-related offenses. He is suspected of taking bribes, the top anti-graft body said.
In line with Party regulations and laws, a decision has been made to expel him from the Party and dismiss him from public office, confiscate his illicit gains, and hand over his case for judicial proceedings. ■