China begins anti-corruption probe against Supreme Court’s deputy


China’s anti-corruption body said it had begun formal investigation of the deputy president of the country’s Supreme Court for his involvement in multiple corruption cases, some of them dating back to decades.

A statement issued by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said that Xi Xiaoming, who joined the Supreme People’s Court in 1982, has been accused of “serious discipline violations.”

According to reports, Xiaoming was tipped to head the newly created powerful research group which was expected to focus on China’s civil code.

The 61-year-old, who’s considered to be an expert on economic law cases, had a very modest background while growing up in the northern city of Shenyang.

He started his career as a policeman in 1970s to become a powerful figure in the Chinese judiciary.

China has vowed to eliminate corruption from the country and has already jailed several high profile government officials.

In December, the ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, was arrested and expelled from the Communist Party.

In March, the US State Department confirmed that it had received lists of suspects, who had fled from China to the US asking the latter to prosecute and deport them.

Dubbed as Operation Foxhunt, the anti-corruption campaign is also targeting rich Chinese suspected of economic crimes who have fled abroad. China is trying to recover what it calls are their illicit assets or black money.