Former senior official expelled from Party

By An Baijie and Du Juan (China Daily)

08:41, August 09, 2013

Liu Tienan, former vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

The former vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission has been expelled from the Party and handed over to judicial authorities for further investigation, the Party's graft-fighting watchdog announced on Thursday.

Liu Tienan, 59, who was also former head of the National Energy Administration, was found to be taking advantage of his post to seek gains, and accepting bribes, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China.

The commission also accused Liu of abusing his power to seek benefits for his relative's businesses, and being "morally degenerate". No details were given.

The commission said in a statement that Liu's activities seriously violated Party discipline and might have broken the criminal law, so the case has been transferred to judicial authorities for further investigation.

Liu headed the National Energy Administration from December 2010 until he was removed from the post in March this year after allegations against him were posted online.

Luo Changping, deputy editor-in-chief of Caijing magazine, said in a post on Dec 6 that Liu had committed multiple offenses including helping a businessman get loans from banks, and in return the businessman offered a large amount of money to Liu's son.

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