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Retired Beijing security chief accused in Xi assassination plot

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Retired Chinese domestic security Chief Zhou Yongkang (周永康) was involved in a plan to assassinate Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) 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 (薄熙來), 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 (王歧山) 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,

Mingjing said that Zhou could have reached out to Bo to get him involved in the assassination scheme, in hopes of inciting an overthrow of government.

According to Mingjing, a former official of the Central Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party read the investigation report on Zhou's case and claimed that Zhou is the biggest criminal and mob figure in the past 100 years in China.

Ho said that Chinese officials are now trying to isolate the Zhou incident from Bo's case to avoid triggering discontent among the people. Therefore, authorities will wait until they collect enough evidence before taking any additional action to handle the case.

Zhou Reportedly Had Ex-wife Killed

Mingjing recently reported that Zhou's two drivers admitted to killing Zhou's ex-wife in a pre-arranged car accident.

Mingjing said that Zhou designed the accident so he could marry his current wife who is 28 years his junior. Zhou's second son reportedly believes that his father killed his first wife, therefore he refuses to have any further contact with him.

Meanwhile, Zhou's eldest son has also had his movements restricted while assisting with the ongoing corruption investigations.

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