Former Chinese mayor handed over to prosecutors

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Associated Press

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 6:03 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has expelled a former mayor of the city of Nanjing, clearing the way for his prosecution on corruption charges.

The official Xinhua News Agency says Ji Jianye was stripped of party membership Thursday after party investigators found he abused his position and improperly accepted money and gifts. The report says Ji's case would be handed over to prosecutors.

Ji was known as "Mayor Bulldozer" for his penchant for massive construction projects in Nanjing, which is west of Shanghai on the Yangtze River.

The ruling party leadership under President Xi Jinping is in the midst of a national crackdown on corruption. It has warned that public anger at graft could endanger the party's hold on power.

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