A government-controlled Chinese newspaper linked Zhou Yongkang to a corruption probe for the first time, signaling that an official announcement of an investigation into the ex-security chief may be near.
The elder son of Zhou Yongkang, China’s retired security chief, has been formally detained and is seeking lawyers, the South China Morning Post said, citing three people with knowledge of the matter it didn’t identify.
China is probing a one-time aide to Zhou Yongkang for discipline violations, the latest official to be ensnared by corruption investigations surrounding the retired Politburo Standing Committee member.
China’s Communist Party expelled a former deputy party secretary of Sichuan province for taking bribes, pressing ahead with an anti-corruption campaign that’s targeted officials linked to ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang.
President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption is growing into one of the broadest in China’s modern history, snaring dozens of businessmen and government officials and positioning Xi as the country’s most powerful leader in decades.