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Party expels a former top judge

CHINA'S disciplinary watchdog yesterday expelled the former vice president of the Supreme People's Court from the Party for alleged bribery, the first time a top judge has been removed under such a cloud.

Huang Songyou reportedly took a large amount of bribes in exchange for granting favorable treatment and led a lavish and "decadent life," according to a statement issued yesterday by the Communist Party of China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The specific allegations were not revealed. His case would be handed over to prosecutors for criminal charges, the statement said.

Huang, 51, of south China's Guangdong Province, was removed from his post as vice president of the Supreme People's Court in 2008 after he was placed on double-designation status as a result of an investigation into his alleged discipline violations.

Double designation requires Party or government officials to explain alleged crimes or discipline violations at a set place and time.

Huang is the first top judge to be removed for suspected legal and discipline violations in the history of the Supreme People's Court. He became the vice president of the top court in 2002.

Huang was formerly called a "scholar-type official" as he was also a law professor at such prestigious universities as Tsinghua University and the China University of Political Science and Law.

Even after his removal, Huang won a prize for an essay on "Judicial Interpretational Power."

He was also infamous for a lavish lifestyle.

A report in the People's Daily called Huang "sex greedy" and said he "had a thing for underage girls."


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