China to prosecute former Spy Chief

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China to prosecute former Spy Chief

BEIJING: China will prosecute one its former spy chiefs for corruption after accusing him of bribery and abusing his power to interfere in law enforcement activities, the ruling Communist Party said on Friday.

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Ma Jian, once a vice minister at China's Ministry of State Security, is the most senior security official to be investigated since former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang was ensnared in a graft scandal and jailed for life last year.

Ma, who was put under investigation in January of 2015, has been expelled from the party and will be handed over to the legal authorities, said the party's graft watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, meaning he will be prosecuted.

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An investigation found Ma abused his position to benefit family members' business interests, that he interfered in unspecified law enforcement activities and took bribes, the graft watchdog said in a short statement.