10 Aug 2013

China sacks senior economic official

10:40 am on 10 August 2013

A former top economic official in China has been expelled from the Communist Party and removed from public office.

State-run news agency Xinhua said Liu Tienan, former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, had accepted huge amounts of bribes.

Allegations against Mr Liu emerged online in December, whena well-known journalist Luo Changping accused him of corruption.

Xinhua said said Mr Liu took advantage of his position to seek profits for others, sought benefits for his relatives' businesses by breaking relevant regulations and had accepted cash and gifts.

Citing a statement from the party's graft-fighting watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the news agency said Mr Liu was found to be "morally degenerate".

The sacking move comes amid a high-profile crackdown on corruption, the BBC reports.

In recent months a former official at the centre of a sex tape extortion scandal was jailed for accepting bribes and a former Railways Minister was given a suspended death sentence for corruption and abuse of power.