BEIJING (AP) – A former Chinese justice minister has become the target of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign.
Fu Zhenghua, who was also a former deputy minister of public security, is under investigation for serious violations of party discipline and the law, the Central Party Discipline Control Commission said on Saturday. communist in power. He didn’t provide any details in a one-sentence statement posted online.
It is not known why Fu, 66, would become a target of the campaign. He was Beijing’s public security chief and vice-minister of public security for a long time from 2013 to 2018. He then served as justice minister from 2018 to 2020.
When he was Deputy Minister of Public Security, Fu investigated Zhou Yongkang, one of the top officials convicted in the anti-corruption campaign. Zhou, a former Minister of Public Security, was one of nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the Communist Party’s supreme body, under Xi’s predecessor, President Hu Jintao.
Zhou was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 for corruption, abuse of power, and disclosure of state secrets.
Xi was accused of using the anti-corruption campaign to oust political opponents, and Zhou’s downfall was seen as the burial of a once-powerful Communist Party faction.