China Communist party expels former spymaster Ma

Wang Qishan (L), secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), attends the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2016China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled the former deputy chief of the country’s top intelligence agency, it said Friday, the latest high-ranking figure to face prosecution in a much-publicised corruption crackdown. Ma Jian, former deputy head of China’s ministry of state security, was suspected of taking bribes and abusing power, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) — the party’s internal watchdog — said in a statement on its website. Ma was first put under investigation for “serious disciplinary violations” — standard code for graft — in January 2015.

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