Date
23 August 2017
Ma Jian (above) is the most senior security official to face investigation since former security czar Zhou Yongkang was toppled in a graft scandal in July. Photo: Internet
Ma Jian (above) is the most senior security official to face investigation since former security czar Zhou Yongkang was toppled in a graft scandal in July. Photo: Internet

Top China spy ousted from key advisory panel in graft probe

A top Chinese intelligence official has been sacked from a high-profile advisory panel after the Communist Party said he is being investigated for corruption.

Ma Jian, a vice minister in the Ministry of State Security, is the most senior security official to face investigation since former security czar Zhou Yongkang was toppled in a graft scandal in July, Reuters reported Thursday.

The investigation into Ma could lead to a shake-up in the powerful agency which spies on citizens and foreigners in China and abroad.

The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s highest advisory body, revoked Ma’s membership, state news agency Xinhua said on its microblog, without giving details.

Last month, the party’s anti-graft watchdog said it was investigating Ma but it’s unclear what triggered the investigation

Ma was director of a bureau charged with counter-espionage surveillance of foreigners, chiefly diplomats, businessmen and reporters, Reuters said, citing a source with ties to the leadership.

He has been replaced by Qiu Jin, a vice minister of state security.

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