Nearly 90 per cent of the disgraced Chinese communist party officials exposed in recent years have kept mistresses, a Hong Kong news report said Monday.
Fourteen of the 16 senior officials found guilty of corruption in the past five years were found to have mistresses, and many used public money to fund their affairs.
Ten of them sold land for cheap prices in return for bribes from developers or siphoned off public funds intended for construction projects, the South China Morning Post reported.
The multiple sins of the officials have been exposed by anti-corruption probes, which president Hu Jintao has declared a priority as he campaigns to weed out thieving, philandering officials.
A state report quoted by the newspaper said many of the officials caught up in scandals came from poor backgrounds and found the "charms of money and women hard to resist."
Among the most notorious of recent cases was that of Shanghai communist party chief Chen Liangyu, sacked for a pension fund scandal, who was believed to have had at least 11 mistresses.
China's finance minister Jin Renqing was removed from office last week amid reports that he shared a mistress 30 years his junior with a provincial party official and the head of a state oil company.
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