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