Date
20 November 2017
Zhou Yongkang is the highest-ranking party leader to face an anti-corruption investigation in China. Photo: Bloomberg
Zhou Yongkang is the highest-ranking party leader to face an anti-corruption investigation in China. Photo: Bloomberg

Zhou Yongkang faces expulsion from Communist Party

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security czar who was confirmed Tuesday to be facing an anti-graft investigation, is likely to be expelled from the Communist Party at the Fourth Plenary Session of the party’s 18th Central Committee in October, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing sources.

Zhou is being investigated for suspected “serious disciplinary violations”, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the Ministry of Supervision said on Tuesday. Investigations on him have been basically completed, and now the discipline watchdog is trying to make final confirmation of details of his case before official indictment, a person was quoted as saying.

The person pointed out that state news agency Xinhua did not use the word “comrade” in reference to Zhou in its report Tuesday. That shows how serious the Zhou case is and indicates that he will be deprived of his party membership soon, the expert said.

Zhou was the first standing member of the Central Committee’s politburo to be placed under probe since the Communist Party took over China in 1949. It had been an unspoken rule in the Communist Party that no such top member can be touched, but now it looks like it is no longer the case.

An online survey by China Youth Daily on Tuesday showed 75.2 percent of 1,000 netizens felt immense satisfaction after hearing the latest news on the Zhou case. About 46.3 percent expect to see the discipline watchdog unveil the result of the investigation as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Zhou Bin, the elder son of Zhou Yongkang, is said to have been arrested as a suspect in an illegal business. The 42-year-old was detained in August last year after he returned from the United States, news portal Caijing.com reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source. He could face up to five years in prison under Chinese criminal law, according to the report.

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