Date
23 September 2017
Zhou Yongkang is the most senior official to be caught up in China's crackdown on corruption. Photo: 
Bloomberg
Zhou Yongkang is the most senior official to be caught up in China's crackdown on corruption. Photo: Bloomberg

Zhou graft probe could take a while

The corruption investigation of Zhou Yongkang, China’s former domestic security chief, is expected to take a long time, a senior official said on Wednesday.

But the government is committed to releasing details to the public, deputy justice minister Zhang Sujun told a news conference.

Zhou is the most senior Chinese official to be caught up in a graft scandal since the Communist Party took power in 1949.

The party has been mostly silent on Zhou’s fate since it first announced the probe in July.

Zhang said the investigation was still in the hands of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s anti-graft watchdog, in a rare public comment on the case, Reuters reported.

“The investigation is still ongoing because we are going to review and investigate the case according to the law and also pay attention to evidence, so this process may be a long process, but also a more serious and responsible process,” Zhang said.

“I believe that once the relevant authorities have done their probe, they will definitely announce it to the public in an appropriate way via an appropriate channel.”

Zhou’s case sent shockwaves through the political establishment and served as a warning that President Xi Jinping was serious about stamping out graft and willing to go after members of the elite. Zhou had served on the party’s Standing Committee, at the very top of state power.

Zhang reiterated Beijing’s stance that the Zhou case “reflects equality before the law.”

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