Home > News > World
Monday July 14, 2014 MYT 5:15:11 PM
Monday July 14, 2014 MYT 5:17:02 PM
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have begun criminal investigations into three former high-ranking officials over corruption allegations, state media said on Monday, two of whom were allies of powerful, retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang.
Sources have told Reuters that Zhou has been put under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates him for graft, though the party has made no announcement about his case.
Several of Zhou's political allies have been held in custody and questioned over corruption, including former Vice Minister of Public Security Li Dongsheng and Jiang Jiemin, who was the top regulator of state-owned enterprises for five months until last September.
The official Xinhua news agency said criminal investigations had been opened into Li and Jiang, along with another official, Wang Yongchun, who was a vice president of China's biggest oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation, the parent of PetroChina.
Xinhua provided no other details other than that all three were in custody.
As the wheels of Chinese justice can turn slowly their trials may be a long way off.
President Xi Jinping has launched a sweeping crackdown on deep-rooted graft since taking office last year, warning, like many before him, the problem was so severe it could affect the party's ability to rule.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel)
NATO rejects Russia explanation on Turkish air space
Mexico army boss will not allow questioning of troops in student massacre
Canada wives join electoral fray but lack Michelle Obama's star power
Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen government, Gulf troops, mosque
Ivory Coast opposition candidate suspends participation in presidential vote
Russia says militants in Syria are moving armour close to mosques
A touch of elegance and glamour
Formula One could be sold this year - Ecclestone
Can Nissan connect with the next generation with its Tokyo concept?
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)