Former Chinese anti-graft official himself placed under investigation

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A former anti-graft Chinese official of vice-ministerial rank has himself been placed under disciplinary investigation, the Communist Party’s corruption watchdog announced on Monday.

Zhang Huawei, former inspector and head of the No.11 central inspection group that audited top state-owned electricity firms, is the most senior anti-graft official probed this year.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a brief note that Zhang was being investigated for suspected “serious violation of party discipline”, usually a reference to corruption.

Domestic media reported the CCDI veteran had been part of the investigation team in the high-profile case of former National People’s Congress vice-chairman Cheng Kejie, who was executed in 2000 after being found guilty of corruption.

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