China's Communist Party expels former executive of defense firm

BEIJING Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:52am EDT

A paramilitary policeman stands guard near a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong, at the Tiananmen Square, near the Great Hall of the People, the venue for the closing ceremony of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) , in Beijing, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

A paramilitary policeman stands guard near a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong, at the Tiananmen Square, near the Great Hall of the People, the venue for the closing ceremony of the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC) , in Beijing, March 13, 2014.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A former senior executive at a big Chinese defense industry company owned by a provincial government has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party for corruption, the Party's anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday.

Huang Xiaohu, former party secretary and chairman of China's Anhui Military Industry Group, had been under investigation by the Party since January 2013 for violations of party discipline and the law.

"(Huang) used his position to seek benefits for others, accepted huge amounts of bribes, and bribed government workers in huge amounts for illegitimate interests," the Central Commision for Discipline Inspection said in a statement on its website.

China's anti-corruption campaign, launched by President Xi Jinping who vowed to go after high-ranking "tigers" and lowly "flies", has led to the detention of some senior government officials as well as senior executives in major state firms, including PetroChina Co Ltd.

Bringing down corrupt officials in the military has also been a key part of Xi's anti-graft drive to clean up government and consolidate power.

Huang's case involved more than 31 million yuan ($4.98 million), the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Anhui province prosecutor.

He took more than 17 million yuan and gave bribes of more than 4.5 million yuan and HK$11 million ($1.42 million), Xinhua said.

Anhui Military Industry Group is the biggest local government-run military industry companies in China, the company says on its website. ($1 = 6.2190 Chinese Yuan) ($1 = 7.7542 Hong Kong Dollars)

(Reporting by Li Hui and Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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