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Former Sinopec Boss Expelled From Party, Faces Indictment

FILE - Wang Tianpu, then-vice chairman and president of China's Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec), at a news conference in 2011.

China's ruling Communist Party says it is stripping the former general manager of the country's largest oil refiner of party membership and handing him over to prosecutors after an internal investigation found evidence of corruption.

The party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said Friday that Wang Tianpu violated the party's political rules and discipline by taking bribes, using his position to seek benefits for relatives and illegally taking possession of public goods.

Wang was put under investigation in April. Earlier, he was penalized over a November 2013 pipeline explosion that killed 62 people in the eastern port city of Qingdao.

China's state-dominated energy industry has come under special scrutiny amid President Xi Jinping's wide-ranging anti-graft crackdown.