China's former security chief Zhou facing disciplinary probe

AFPJuly 29, 2014
China has seen a high-profile crackdown on graft, with previous scalps including former security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was jailed for life earlier this year
China has seen a high-profile crackdown on graft, with previous scalps including former security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was jailed for life earlier this year (AFP Photo/Liu Jin)

Beijing (AFP) - China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang is under investigation, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday, in a move targeting one of the ruling Communist Party's most powerful men.

Zhou, who retired from China's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee in 2012, is being probed for "serious disciplinary violation", Xinhua said, a term usually used to refer to corruption.