China Fires Top Official For Key Industrial Zone
The top Communist Party official responsible for a key industrial zone in northern China has been fired and expelled from the party over graft allegations, state media reported Wednesday.
Pi Qiansheng had been the subject of an investigation prior to his firing for “serious discipline violations,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, using the party’s standard term for corruption.
No other details were given and Xinhua didn’t say when the action had been taken.
Expulsion from the party indicates that the party’s internal probe has been completed and the case will be forwarded to the courts for prosecution. Convictions in such cases are virtually guaranteed and sentences can range up to death.