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Chinese lawmakers wary, tight-lipped on fate of former security chief

Published on Mar 5, 2014 3:38 PM
 
Former China Politburo Standing Committee Member Zhou Yongkang attends the second plenary meeting of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 8, 2012. Delegates at China's annual Parliament session on Wednesday were loath to discuss Mr Zhou Yongkang, the former domestic security chief rumoured to be the most senior politician ensnared in a graft scandal in modern China's history. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - Delegates at China's annual Parliament session on Wednesday were loath to discuss Mr Zhou Yongkang, the former domestic security chief rumoured to be the most senior politician ensnared in a graft scandal in modern China's history.

Speculation has swirled for months that Mr Zhou, 71, who was a member of the ruling Communist Party's Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of power, is being investigated for corruption.

The party, though, has made no announcement on Mr Zhou, who held the immensely powerful post of security overlord until he retired in 2012.

Mr Zhou has been put under virtual house arrest while the party investigates accusations of corruption against him, sources have told Reuters. The case would be highly sensitive for the party, which always wants to project an image of unity, and at the same time it would be a big test of how far it will go in the fight against graft.

 
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