Beijing (Reuters): A former Chinese justice minister has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party following an investigation by the anti-corruption watchdog, the first time the government has announced that she was in trouble.
Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China.
In a statement released late yesterday following a four-day meeting of the party's Central Committee, the largest of its elite ruling bodies, Wu's name was listed as one of a number of officials to have been expelled from the party for graft.
While the other names listed, including former Chongqing city party boss, Sun Zhengcai, had been announced earlier, Wu's name had not been mentioned by the party in connection with any investigation.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection found that Wu had "serious discipline problems", the communique said using a euphemism for corruption.
It was not possible to reach Wu or a representative for comment.
Wu had spent most of her career working in the eastern province of Shandong, where she rose to become a deputy provincial party chief, before moving to Beijing in late 2003 to work at the justice ministry.
China's legal authorities have been one of the focuses of President Xi Jinping's crackdown.