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China sacks another ally of former security chief Zhou in graft probe

Published on Apr 9, 2014 2:49 PM

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

Mr Guo Yongxiang has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and stripped of his public office for "serious law and discipline violations", the party's anti-graft watchdog said in an announcement on its website (

Mr Guo worked together with Mr Zhou for at least 12 years, according to both their official resumes, including in the south-western province of Sichuan, where Mr Zhou was party boss. Mr Guo eventually rose to be a vice-provincial governor.

The investigation found that Mr Guo had "exacted profits for others with his power, taken a great amount of bribes and gifts himself or through the hands of his son", the graft watchdog said in a brief statement. "Guo also sought profits for his son's businesses with his power, and was morally corrupt," it added. "Guo has seriously violated the law and party discipline."

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