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Former top security chief faces prosecution

CHINA is to prosecute a former state security chief after accusing him of bribery and abusing his power to interfere in law enforcement, the Party’s graft watchdog said yesterday.

Ma Jian, once a vice minister at the Ministry of State Security, is the most senior security official to have been investigated for corruption since former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was jailed for life last year.

Ma has been expelled from the Party and will be handed to legal authorities, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said, meaning that he will be prosecuted.

In a short statement, it said its investigation found Ma had abused his position to benefit family members’ business interests, interfered in unspecified law enforcement activities and took bribes.

In a separate case yesterday, a court in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, jailed a former top security official in the Tibet Autonomous Region for 13 years.

Le Dake, head of Tibet’s state security department from 2004 to 2013, had been found guilty of bribery, the court said in a statement.

Also yesterday, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said a former deputy head of the Taiwan Affairs Office had been formally charged with bribery and abuse of power, setting the stage for his trial.

In a brief statement, it said Gong Qinggai had abused his power to seek benefits for others and illegally took large sums of money.

It said his alleged crimes took place while he held various posts in southeast China’s Fujian Province, which lies just across the Strait that separates the Chinese mainland from Taiwan.

In April, the Party accused Gong of a variety of offenses, including taking part in “superstitious activities,” which usually refer to religious practices prohibited to Party officials. The charge is often levelled at officials already under investigation for corruption.

Gong joined the Taiwan Affairs Office, which is in charge of policy toward the island, in 2013, having previously spent his career with the Fujian government, according to his official biography.


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