Retired Beijing security chief accused in Xi assassination plot

Retired Beijing security chief accused in Xi assassination plot

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Retired Chinese domestic security Chief Zhou Yongkang was involved in a plan to assassinate Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping in order to take over the country, New York-based Mingjing News reported on Dec. 5.

Zhou, who had already been restricted for his alleged involvement in numerous corruption scandals, will likely face serious consequences, according to the report.

It is still unclear, however, whether Zhou will be put on trial or dealt with internally by the party.

The alleged assassination plot is the latest major scandal for the ruling Communist Party, and could eclipse the controversy stirred by former Chongqing leader Bo Xilai, who was sentenced to life in prison for bribery, corruption and abuse of power earlier this year.

Secretary of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Wang Qishan told the Central Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party that Zhou's secretary, security guards and drivers are assisting with the investigation, the report said.

Mingjing News reported that Zhou was accused by an anonymous source of coming up with an ambitious four-prong plan to take over the country, including helping to install Bo as a puppet president of the People's Republic while Zhou would be holding the reins.

Zhou also planned to use his power to benefit his own family,

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