Former security chief Zhou Yongkang is officially under investigation for corruption, Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.
Zhou, a former standing member of the CPC Central Committee’s politburo and secretary of the Political and Legislative Affairs Committee, is being investigated for “serious disciplinary violations”, a term usually used to refer to corruption.
Zhou, 71, is the most senior Chinese politician to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party rose to power in 1949.
He retired during the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress in November 2012, a year before reports surfaced that he was under virtual house arrest amid a corruption probe.
Six people with apparent close ties to Zhou were expelled from the party for serious violations of discipline and law earlier this month, according to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision.
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