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China detains brother of former security chief Zhou Yongkang: Report

Published on Mar 3, 2014 1:45 PM
 
A brother of China's former internal security chief Zhou Yongkang (above) has been detained by investigators, state-controlled media reported on Monday, after a government spokesman declined to deny the retired political heavyweight was under investigation. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A brother of China's former internal security chief Zhou Yongkang has been detained by investigators, state-controlled media reported on Monday, after a government spokesman declined to deny the retired political heavyweight was under investigation.

Mr Zhou Yuanqing and his businesswoman wife Zhou Lingying were taken away from their home in Wuxi in the eastern province of Jiangsu on Dec 1 by "discipline investigators from Beijing", the Beijing News said.

The report said Mr Zhou is a brother of Mr Zhou Yongkang, who amassed huge power during his time as China's security chief and retired as a member of the Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) in late 2012.

The wife was a major investor in a multi-million-dollar Audi dealership and her success "had a lot to do" with Mr Zhou Yongkang's son Zhou Bin, the newspaper added.

 
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