One of China’s top spy chiefs, Ma Jian, is being investigated for corruption, the government announced on Friday, netting yet another top official in President Xi Jinping’s ongoing anti-corruption campaign.
Ma, the vice-minister for state security, was said to have been in-charge of China’s counter-espionage and covert operations.
The announcement was made by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Friday.
“Ma Jian, Vice Minister of State Security, is under investigation for suspected serious violation of disciplines and laws,” the one-line statement from the CPC said. Violation of discipline and laws usually means corruption.
The investigation, and probable arrest, has made Ma the highest-ranking national security official to be investigated since the arrest of Zhou Yongkang, country’s former security tsar and member of CPC Politburo Standing Committee, last year.
Ma’s relatives are also under the scanner, reports had said earlier.
The announcement comes within a day of the government announcing that it will investigate Liu Zheng, deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army General Logistics Department for “suspected legal violations”.