Former Chief Judge of China’s Supreme People’s Court expelled from Communist Party over serious violations

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Zheng Xuelin

26th February 2024 – (Beijing) Zheng Xuelin, the former chief judge of China’s No. 1 Civil Adjudication Tribunal in the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) due to severe violations of Party discipline and laws. This decision was reached following an investigation conducted by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Commission of Supervision. The CPC Central Committee approved the decision, which was announced by China’s top anti-graft agency on Monday.

According to the statement released by the anti-graft agency, the investigation revealed that Zheng, who also served as a member of the judicial committee of the SPC, had deviated from his ideals, beliefs, and original aspirations. He was found to have engaged in activities that betrayed the Party’s principles and mission.

The statement further outlined Zheng’s numerous transgressions, including disloyalty and dishonesty towards the Party, hindering the investigation, involvement in superstitious practices, violation of the Party’s eight-point decision on enhancing Party and government conduct, acceptance of money, gifts, and banquet invitations that compromised the fairness of his public duties.

Moreover, Zheng was found to have disregarded the boundaries of discipline and law, resorting to illegal practices while enforcing them. He had engaged in the exchange of power for financial gain, exploiting his judicial position to secure profits for others in legal representation and litigation, in exchange for substantial sums of money and valuable possessions.

These egregious actions constitute serious violations of Party discipline and may also involve duty-related criminal offences. The statement also indicated that Zheng is suspected of the criminal offence of accepting bribes.

Consequently, Zheng’s illicit gains will be confiscated, and his case will be transferred to procuratorial authorities for further investigation and prosecution in accordance with the law.