A massive graft network surrounding a former provincial party chief surfaced as unfolding investigations took aim at more family members and associates of the disgraced official.
At least six businessmen have come onto investigators’ radar as they probe the corruption case of Zhao Zhengyong, former Communist Party chief of Northwest China’s resources-rich Shaanxi province. Relatives of Zhao including his wife, daughter and brother have also become targets of graft investigators, Caixin learned from several sources.
The 68-year-old Zhao was the first provincial-level official to fall in 2019 to Beijing’s sweeping, years-long anti-corruption campaign. He was placed under investigation by the party’s top graft buster in January, less than a year after he retired as a deputy chairman of the Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee under the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament
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