Beijing: Ten district-level officials of China's Communist Party have been removed from their posts after they figured in explicit sex videos, broadening the scandal that has rocked Chongqing city, headed till last year by disgraced leader Bo Xilai.
    
The Chinese public was left shocked and outraged again after more officials in the southwest China's municipality of Chongqing were revealed to be implicated in a sex video scandal, state-run news agency reported.
    
The officials involved were working as chiefs, governors and executives of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). The announcement ended months of online speculation that a number of local officials had been involved in the case.

The scandal emerged in November after a sex video featuring one official, later confirmed to be CPC Secretary of Chongqing's Beibei district, went viral online.
    
Lei Zhengfu, the first of nearly a dozen officials to be implicated in the sex scandal, was removed from his post three days after the scandal was exposed.
    
Police in Chongqing have broken up a criminal ring suspected of using secretly filmed sex videos to extort from the officials, local authorities, agency report said.
    
The Chongqing Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection found that the ring had hired women to seduce local officials, covertly filmed their sexual acts and used the videos as tools of extortion to get government contracts.
    
The sacking of the officials comes in the wake of reports that the trial of Bo who was sacked last year as CPC Chief of Chongqing city would face trial from next week.
    
He faced allegations of sex, sleaze and corruption. His wife Gu Kailai has already been given suspended death sentence for her alleged involvement in the murder of a British national.

(Agencies)

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