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Shanghai judges suspended over sex scandal

world Updated: Aug 04, 2013 23:22 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Four top judges of a court in Shanghai have been suspended following investigations that revealed that they had hired sex workers at a resort in east China.

The four suspended included Chen Xueming the chief of the highest civil court in the country’s financial capital.

Allegations against the judges first surfaced in June after a netizen posted photographs online of the judges soliciting women at a resort Investigation were launched after the video footage that allegedly showed the four officials were shared several time on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform and
angry citizens demanded strict action.

“Two officials, including Chen and Zhao Minghua, deputy chief of the court's No. 1 civil court, were identified,” state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

“The Shanghai Municipal Disciplinary Commission vowed a thorough investigation into the allegation and pledged to publish the results to the public,” the report added.

This is the latest case where online footage has resulted in the suspension of senior officials.

Last year, a scandal involving a sex tape made by a local Chongqing official, Lei Zhengfu, and an allegedly 18-year-old woman resulted in the official’s suspension.

Lei, a party chief in the city of Chongqing was sacked from his post after the tape was found to be authentic.

According to reports, investigations by the Chongqing Municipal Committee for Discipline Inspection verified that Lei Zhengfu, secretary of the Beibei District Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), featured in the video, filmed in 2007.

Lei, 54, used to serve as vice mayor of the county-level Jiangjin City, Party chief and head of Dianjiang County, deputy Party chief of Jiulongpo District, Party chief and head of Beibei District, which are all under Chongqing, according to government information, quoted by the BBC.

Ji Xuguang, a journalist, had released an article on the sex video along with some screen grabs. As microblogging networks rapidly spread across China, surpassing over 400 million by some counts, several such scandals are coming to light online with net users demanding quick justice. Not only sex-related cases, net users have also levelled charges of financial corruption against officials online.