- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Communist Party in China has kicked off a criminal investigation into a senior government official, Li Chuncheng, accusing him of everything from taking bribes to taking part in acts of depravity.

The anti-corruption commission within the Community Party also said Mr. Li’s been booted from the party, The New York Times reported.

Mr. Li, 58, has been part of a long-running corruption investigation by the government, and was key to President Xi Jinping’s decision to bring charges and punishment to former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang — the highest-ranking government official to face corruption prosecution in China’s history, The Times reported.

Mr. Li’s charges are many.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Mr. Li “took advantage of his position to seek benefit for others and accepted massive bribes; he took advantage of his position to seek benefit for others, and his wife and daughter accepted massive amounts of wealth and assets; he took advantage of his position to seek to benefit his younger brother’s business activities; he abused his position to engage in feudal superstitious activities and created massive losses to state finances; he was degenerate and depraved,” The Times reported.