Disgraced former Chinese internet tzar Lu Wei charged with bribery

Former Chinese Minister of Cyberspace Affairs Administration, Lu Wei, speaks at the opening ceremony of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on November 19, 2014.

(CNN)China has charged the country's former internet czar and top censor with bribery, capping a dramatic fall from the heights of political power.

Lu Wei "accepted a large number of bribes" during his time as national propaganda chief, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, deputy head of the official Xinhua news agency, and as a Beijing city official, according to state media.
The charges come after Lu was expelled from the Communist Party and dismissed from public office in February, which followed a sudden fall from favor in mid 2016, when he left his position at the Cyberspace Administration.
At that time, some speculated Lu was destined for even higher office, such was his perceived connection to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who consistently promoted Lu during earlier periods in his career.
    But it soon became apparent the censor had fallen from favor, and an official corruption investigation was announced just weeks before the opening of the 2017 World Internet Conference, a gathering of China's top government officials and industry leaders seen as his brainchild.