Beijing, Oct. 9: China’s top disciplinary official has vowed to root out corruption from country, as he said that the case against disgraced politician Bo Xilai has been ‘relentlessly pursued’.
The comments by He Guoqiang, a member of the nine-man Communist Party committee that runs China, signalled that the party would take a hard line stand on Xilai.
“We have resolutely placed the investigation of cases as the main priority of our work and maintained strong momentum to punish corruption,” the Telegraph quoted Guoqiang, as saying.
“Corrupt individuals, no matter who they are, will be followed relentlessly and will never escape punishment,” eh added.
He, who heads a powerful Communist Party commission that oversees disciplinary matters, acknowledged public anger over corruption, but said that building a clean government would be a long-term task, the report said.
Bo, once a rising political star, was expelled from the ruling Communist Party last month for a series of alleged crimes and corrupt activities. His wife was given a suspended death sentence in August for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.
According to the report, on September 28, China ended months of speculation over how it would handle Xilai’s case by announcing he had been dismissed from the party, and would be prosecuted for abuse of power, taking bribes, improper sexual relations and other offences.
No date has been announced for his trial.
China’s leaders have repeatedly declared official corruption and abuse of power as a threat to the legitimacy of their rule. (ANI)