Members of the Chinese Communist Party. In the latest, the state media revealed that two Chinese officials have been sacked for involvement in "superstitious activities", including casting spells to aid promotions and attending geomancy courses under the guise of business trips. (Xinhua/Gao Jie)(zkr)
Members of the Chinese Communist Party. In the latest, the state media revealed that two Chinese officials have been sacked for involvement in "superstitious activities", including casting spells to aid promotions and attending geomancy courses under the guise of business trips. (Xinhua/Gao Jie)(zkr)

Chinese officials sacked for 'casting spells'

By Reuters Time of article published Aug 6, 2017

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Beijing - Two Chinese officials have been

sacked for involvement in "superstitious activities", including

casting spells to aid promotions and attending geomancy courses

under the guise of business trips, state media said.

Members of the ruling Communist Party are not supposed to

follow any religion in officially atheist China, and the

government takes a particularly harsh line on officials who

practise what it deems are superstitious folk beliefs.

Xinhua news agency said Tang Yuansong, a former county

housing official in the central province of Hunan, went on five

fengshui training courses under the guise of "investigation

tours" starting in 2008.

Each session cost 54,000 yuan (approx. R107 809.60), which Tang claimed

back as business expenses, Xinhua said, citing a statement from

the local anti-corruption watchdog office.

Tang also earned 5,000 yuan (approx. R9 982.37) a year for practising fengshui

for others, it added.

The other person sacked, also a former county official, had

"asked others to set up an altar to cast spells and paid 100,000

yuan (approx. R199 647.41) in tribute each time, with hopes of being promoted", Xinhua

said.

Both have been expelled from the party and will be further

investigated for suspected criminal acts, it added.

It was not possible to reach either official for comment and

it was unclear if they have been allowed to retain lawyers. 

Reuters

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