China expels allies of former security chief

July 03, 2014 - 12:10:19 am

BEIJING:  Three officials believed to be right-hand men of China’s former security chief were expelled from the ruling Communist Party yesterday over corruption, authorities said.

The oustings were the latest sign that Zhou Yongkang, once a member of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), China’s most powerful body, is being targeted.

His fall would send shock waves through China’s political establishment. PSC members have generally been regarded as untouchable even after retirement. Ji Wenlin, formerly a vice governor of the southern island of Hainan and before that a secretary to Zhou, was stripped of his party membership, the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection (CCDI), the party’s internal watchdog, said in a statement.

Also expelled were Yu Gang, an ex-vice director of the office of the Central Politics and Law Commission (CPLC), and Tan Hong, a former senior staff officer of the Ministry of Public Security, it said in separate statements.

Zhou used to head the CPLC, which oversees the public security ministry. Overseas Chinese reports claimed Ji, Yu and Tan were all his secretaries.

All three took advantage of their posts and “accepted huge amounts of bribes by seeking gains for others,” the CCDI said, adding that their cases have been transferred to judicial authorities for criminal prosecution. 

Yu and Ji were also accused of adultery, according to the statements.                                 AFP