China’s district Communist Party official was sacked on Friday after a video of him having sex with his mistress splashed across microblogging websites. Screenshots from the sex video first appeared on Sina Corp's Weibo site on Tuesday.
LeiZhengfu, a district party chief in the southwestern city of Chongqing, was fired after an investigation by the party's discipline watchdog confirmed that it was he who appeared in the video, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.
The agency reported on Thursday that Lei had told a reporter that the video which was shot 5 years ago in 2007, was fake.
In recent times, the Communist party of the country has stepped up its rhetoric against corruption, seeking to counter anger from citizens over regular reports of graft and debauchery among officials, but efforts to root out the problem have hardly made a dent.
Lei was sacked after an investigation by local party officials concluded that the man in the pictures was indeed him and according to a statement issued on Friday, further investigation into Mr Lei would take place.
Lei’s case highlights the influence of China's fast-growing microblogging community and the ruling Communist Party's growing sensitivity and responsiveness to public anger against abuse of power, official impunity and corruption.
Lei's sacking was among the most talked about topics on the hugely popular social media Weibo site on Friday.