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China’s ruling Communist Party expels ex-justice minister Wu Aiying over corruption

Former Chinese justice minister Wu Aiying (file photo)

A former Chinese justice minister has been banished from ’s ruling Communist Party apparently over corruption.
In a statement released by the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Saturday, Wu Aiying’s name was listed as one of a number of officials to have been expelled from the party.
Wu, 65, had been justice minister from 2005 until February this year.
Other names listed included former Chongqing City party boss, Sun Zhengcai. His name had been announced earlier, though.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Wu had had “serious discipline problems,” using a common euphemism for corruption, but gave no other details.
Wu had spent most her career working in the eastern province of Shandong, where she rose to become a deputy provincial party chief, before moving to Beijing in 2003 to work at the Justice Ministry.
China’s party officials have been one of the main focuses of President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. The formerly powerful domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, and many of his allies and former associates have been jailed over corruption.
The announcement about Wu comes a few days before the party opens a key, once-in-five-years Congress on Wednesday.