China sacks ten officials over 'sex video extortion' scandal

London, Jan 26 (ANI): Chinese authorities have sacked ten officials as a part of a widening investigation into a sex tape extortion scandal in Chongqing.

China's Xinhua news agency said the men were all allegedly filmed by a 'criminal ring', which then blackmailed them.

Senior Chongqing official Lei Zhengfu was fired last year after he featured in a sex video.

According to the BBC, he was said to have been entrapped by a construction firm.

The 10 sacked officials include party and government officials in the southwestern city as well as executives in state-owned companies.

The state-run media report said that an investigation into the allegations of extortion had uncovered a "criminal ring" which had "hired women to seduce local officials, covertly filmed their sexual acts and used the videos as tools of extortion".

The investigation is part of a wide-ranging anti-corruption drive in Chongqing and across China, in response to rising public anger at official impropriety. (ANI)