Date
19 January 2017
The Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog has placed a Supreme Court judge under investigation, according to state media.
The Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog has placed a Supreme Court judge under investigation, according to state media.

China launches anti-graft probe into top judge

Chinese authorities have launched an anti-graft investigation into a judge of the nation’s highest court, according to state media.

Xi Xiaoming, vice president of the Supreme People’s Court, is being probed for “serious violations of discipline and laws,” Xinhua reported, citing the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The anti-corruption watchdog is said to have posted a brief statement on its website Sunday without giving any details.

Xi is one of the most senior judicial officials to be swept up by President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign since the downfall of Zhou Yongkang, the former domestic security tsar, whose brief included law enforcement and courts, Reuters noted.

The Supreme People’s Court said in its 2014 annual report published in March that it had cleared the “effects” left by Zhou, who was sentenced in June to life in prison for maintaining a vast bribery network, among other things.

Xi Xiaoming, 61, was the No. 4 official in the top court, where he specialized in economic law cases.

It is not known if he has been sacked but his biography has been removed from the court’s website, Reuters said.

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