The Shanghai court officials caught picking up prostitutes in a nightclub last month have been expelled from the party and one more has been suspended, the ShanghaiDaily reports. CCTV video leaked by a whistleblower has exploded online, and depicts the President and Vice President of Shanghai’s Higher Court’s No. 1 Civil Court picking up prostitutes at a spa and bringing them back to their rooms.
The whistleblower is kind of a badass, as Shanghai Daily reports:
The whistleblower, identified only as Ni, who uploaded the video online last Thursday and provided more than 30 hours of video evidence to the authorities on Saturday, had suspected Zhao of manipulating the verdict in a civil case which he lost. He had been forced to sell his apartment on Huaihai Road to pay debts and began following Zhao to collect any evidence of his corruption. In the course of his investigations he uncovered evidence involving the four other officials.
According to a report in the Beijing Morning Post, the whistleblower gained access to the hotel’s surveillance video footage by claiming he had lost items in the hotel and bribing a security guard with two cigarettes.
He also revealed that Zhao was the owner of four apartments in Shanghai, something that should have been beyond his means on a judge’s salary.
The men were filmed at the Hengshan Resort Hotel in the Pudong New Area, which has since been ordered to suspend operations while it cleans up its act.