China expels Justice Minister from party over graft charges

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China expels Justice Minister from party over graft charges

BEIJING: A former Chinese justice minister has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party following an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog, the first time the government has announced that she was in trouble.

Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China.

In a statement released late on Saturday following a four-day meeting of the party’s Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies, Wu’s name was listed as one of a number of officials to have been expelled from the party for graft.

While the other names listed, including former Chongqing city party boss, Sun Zhengcai, had been announced earlier, Wu’s name had not been mentioned by the party in connection with any investigation.