Graft investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang is seen coming to an end after a sweeping crackdown on several of his former aides, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday.
In the past three days, six people considered closely connected to Zhou have been expelled from the Communist Party for serious violations of discipline and law, according to information unveiled so far by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision.
On Wednesday, the commission said three people who used to work under Zhou had been investigated for graft and dismissed from their posts. They include Ji Wenlin, former vice governor of southern China’s Hainan province and former secretary of Zhou; Yu Gang, also a former secretary of Zhou, and Tan Hong, a former senior member of the security protection bureau in the Ministry of Public Security.
On Monday, the party announced the expulsion of Zhou’s three former aides: Jiang Jiemin, former executive of China National Petroleum Corp.; Li Dongsheng, former deputy minister of public security; and Wang Yongchun, a former deputy general manager of CNPC.
The series of cases involving Zhou’s aides indicated that authorities are close to unveiling the graft charges against the senior Communist Party leader, Ren Jianming, director of the Clean Governance Research and Education Center at Beihang University in Beijing, was quoted as saying.
Based on conservative estimates, about one-third of the retired and incumbent officials at the provincial level or higher, or nearly 10,000, had been involved in corruption, Ren said.
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