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China probes powerful former security chief Zhou Yongkang for graft

Published on Jul 29, 2014 6:14 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has begun an investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, on suspicion of corruption, state media said on Tuesday, in what could be one of the country’s worst scandals.

The ruling Communist Party has decided to probe Zhou for suspected “serious disciplinary violations”, the official Xinhua news agency said in a brief dispatch, using the usual euphemism for corruption.

The investigation will be conducted by the party’s graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and the decision was made in line with the party’s constitution and anti-corruption regulations, Xinhua added, without giving details.

Zhou, 71, is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party swept to power in 1949. Reuters reported in early December that Zhou had been placed under virtual house arrest while the party investigated corruption accusations against him.

China's then Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang reacts as he attends the Hebei delegation discussion sessions at the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct 16, 2007. China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in a move targeting one of the ruling Communist Party's most powerful men. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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