(Yicai Global) April 27 -- Wang Xiaolin, former deputy director of China’s National Energy Administration, has been dismissed from public office and expelled from the Communist Party amidst an anti-graft investigation which covers the acceptance of bribes.
He was found to have violated rules to seek profit for himself and certain companies, state-run People’s Daily reported, citing a statement from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Playing golf and attending banquets are among his transgressions, as well as accepting an undisclosed “huge” amount in payoffs, the CCDI said.
The anti-corruption watchdog began investigating Wang, a former executive at China’s largest coal producer Shenghua Energy Co., in January on suspicion that he had violated party rules and Chinese laws. He has overseen the coal industry since taking up his post at the NEA in 2015.
Corruption has been one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s top priorities since he became General Secretary of the Communist Party in 2012. His anti-graft campaign has led to the prosecution of hundreds of officials nationwide, including 58 officials at the provincial or ministerial level last year, according to the CCDI.
Wang’s illegal gains will be confiscated and his case will be transferred to criminal courts, the report added.
Editors: Emmi Laine, James Boynton