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Son of former Chinese security chief helping with graft probe-sources

Published on Dec 4, 2013 8:41 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - The movements of the eldest son of retired Chinese domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang have been restricted while he helps with a corruption investigation, three sources said, a case that could cause division within the ruling Communist Party.

If Zhou Yongkang, 71, one of China's most powerful politicians of the last decade, were directly implicated in the probe, he would be the most senior Chinese politician ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communists came to power in 1949.

"Zhou Yongkang is 100 percent in trouble. The question is will he be put on trial or will he be dealt with internally by the party," Ho Pin, editor-in-chief of New York-based Mingjing News, said by telephone.

Mingjing, a media and book publishing firm, has reported extensively on the scrutiny into Zhou since he retired last year.

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