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Aide to China's former security chief ousted for 'violations of disciplines'

Published on Feb 19, 2014 11:34 AM
Ji Wenlin, then mayor of Haikou city, speaks at the opening ceremony of a yatch race in Haikou, Hainan province March 20, 2011. The former aide to retired Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for corruption, the government said, the latest move targeting associates of Zhou, himself the subject of a graft probe. The ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said late on Tuesday that Ji, a vice governor of the southern island province of Hainan, was being investigated for suspected serious breaches of party discipline and the law, the usual euphemism for graft. Picture taken March 20, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China has placed a former close aide to the country's ex-chief of internal security Zhou Yongkang under investigation, authorities said, heightening speculation that the net is tightening around his former patron.

Ji Wenlin, a vice governor of the southern island of Hainan, is being investigated for "suspected severe violations of disciplines and laws", the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection - the party's internal graft watchdog - said in a one-sentence announcement on its website on Tuesday.

The phrase is usually an indication of alleged corruption.

Ji, 47, was a secretary and close aide to Zhou when he was land resources minister and then party chief of Sichuan province in the southwest in 1998-2002, according to multiple Chinese media reports.

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