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China investigates ex-justice minister

2021-10-02 HKT 22:10
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  • Fu Zhenghua was the longtime head of public security for Beijing and vice minister of public security from 2013 to 2018. Photo: AFP
    Fu Zhenghua was the longtime head of public security for Beijing and vice minister of public security from 2013 to 2018. Photo: AFP
Former justice minister Fu Zhenghua is being investigated for possible corruption. Fu, who was also a former vice minister of public security, is under investigation for severe violations of party discipline and law, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on Saturday. It did not provide any details in a one-sentence statement posted online.

Fu, 66, was the longtime head of public security for Beijing and vice minister of public security from 2013 to 2018. He then served as justice minister from 2018 to 2020.

When he was vice minister for public security, Fu led the probe of Zhou Yongkang, one of the most senior officials convicted in the anti-corruption campaign. Zhou, a former public security minster, was one of nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the Communist Party's top body, under Xi's predecessor, President Hu Jintao.

Zhou was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 on charges of taking bribes, abusing power and leaking state secrets.

The announcement of the investigation into Fu comes two days after the party's discipline commission said it had expelled another former vice minister of public security, Sun Lijun, citing accusations of corruption and abandoning his post during the Covid-19 outbreak. (AP)