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China sacks ally of former security chief as graft probe widens

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:08 PM
 
 Ji Wenlin, the then mayor of Haikou, delivering a speech during the 2011 Hainan Ocean Race in Haikou, south China's Hainan province, on March 20, 2011. Ji, a former aide to China's retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, was sacked on Thursday, March 27, 2014, after authorities opened a corruption probe, state media said, the latest move targeting associates of Mr Zhou, who is also under investigation for graft. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A former aide to China's retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang was sacked on Thursday after authorities opened a corruption probe, state media said, the latest move targeting associates of Mr Zhou, who is also under investigation for graft.

The official Xinhua news agency said that Ji Wenlin had been removed from his post as a vice-governor of the southern island province of Hainan.

The ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog announced in February that Ji was being investigated for suspected serious breaches of party discipline and the law, the usual euphemism for graft.

The government has given no other details and it has not been possible to reach Ji for comment. Sources have told Reuters that Mr Zhou has been put under virtual house arrest.

 
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