China expels former railways minister from Party

May 28, 2012 14:07

BEIJING - China has expelled former railways minister Liu Zhijun from the ruling Communist Party for suspected involvement in economic crimes, state media said on Monday, the latest step in a corruption investigation into the scandal-plagued railways.

His case has been handed over for investigation to judicial authorities, the official Xinhua news agency said.Liu took huge bribes and misused his position to help the chairman of an investment company get "an enormous illegal profit", Xinhua said.

"He is a degenerate," Xinhua said of Liu. "He has major leadership responsibility for the serious corruption problems seen on the railways system."

China's sprawling railway system has faced numerous problems over the past few years, including heavy debts from funding new high-speed lines and waste and fraud.

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