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China questions officials linked to ex-security czar in graft probe: sources

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:02 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese investigators have questioned more than a dozen senior officials, including the country's top prosecutor, about links to retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is the subject of a corruption probe, sources said.

Mr Zhou, 71, is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party swept to power in 1949.

Three sources, with ties to the leadership, said more than a dozen officials of ranks equivalent to a cabinet minister or vice minister have been questioned since last year in connection with the case.

The questioning will not necessarily lead to prosecution but these investigations into the affairs of China's top leaders are unprecedented and highlight President Xi Jinping's determination to crack down on graft.

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