(AsiaNews) - The Chinese Communist Party is once more caught up in a major sex
scandal. After the cases of Bo Xilai and Ling Jihua, a district official in Chongqing,
Lei Zhengfu, was removed from office on Friday after sex photos and videos of
him were leaked online, the People's
Daily reported on Friday following confirmation from local officials. Lei was
party secretary in Chongqing's Beibei district. In Beijing Party, officials immediately
ordered a formal inquiry.
scandal broke just days after journalist Ji Xuguang posted a photo on Sina Weibo microblogging service (China's
twitter), showing a naked man and
woman having sex. Ji said the photo was a screen shot of a video (pictured) of a man, Lei, who was having
"improper sexual relations" with a young woman friend surnamed, Zhao.
another post on the same website, Ji also questioned Lei over whether he had
ordered police to detain Zhao without charges for a month.
journalist claimed he contacted Lei on the phone. "Lei denied knowing Zhao . .
. . He said the video was fake . . . he not only denied my allegation, but also
said 'we could make friends,' on the phone." Despite the attempted case of
malfeasance, Ji went ahead anyway and made the affair public.
across the country since September 2012 when he broke the story of the Luoyang
sex slave case, in which a man kept six women as "sex slaves" in a secret
basement prison in the city of Luoyang, Henan province, Ji also revealed that
government officials had tried to suppress the story's release.
is clear is that the connection between sex and politics is shaking the
Communist Party at its foundations. Despite appeals by top party brass against
corruption and immoral behaviour, the latest by newly elected party chief Xi
Jinping, sex scandals continue.
best known cases in recent years are those Bo Xilai, disgraced former party
chief in Chongqing who allegedly had hundreds of lovers, and Ling Gu, son of
Ling Jihua, a former aide to President Hu Jintao.
young Ling crashed the Ferrari he was driving at high speed in the streets of
Beijing. Police found his half-naked body, and that of two escorts who were travelling
case goes back to 2008 when violence broke out in Guizhou province after police
officially ruled the death of a 15-year-old girl a suicide.
Her family rejected the official story, insisting that
she was raped, killed and then thrown into a river. Locals said that the
culprit in the rape-murder was the son of a top provincial official who was
protected by police.