China expels official accused of taking bribes

AP News
Posted: Aug 03, 2011 3:38 AM

A former official in southwest China has been expelled from the governing Communist Party for allegedly taking bribes.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that the former governor of a prefecture in Yunnan province was expelled after investigations linked him to bribery, drug abuse and dereliction of duty.

It said the Communist Party's Yunnan provincial committee accused Yang Hongwei of having 20 properties and taking bribes worth $1.6 million and goods valued at $148,000.

Xinhua says Yang was removed from his post in April. Corruption is widespread among officials in China.