To absolutely no one’s surprise, the corruption investigation of a powerful Chinese intelligence official is going quite well, turning up at least twelve violations in the form of six villas and six mistresses.
Back in January, the Communist Party’s discipline watchdog announced that Ma Jian, the vice-minister of the Ministry of State Security, was suspected of “serious violations” of the law. Ma had worked in State security for more than 30 years and was reported to be in charge of overseeing foreign and counterintelligence operations.
Caijing reports that Ma could have taken a little more care in hiding his own secrets. The investigation turned up a portfolio worthy of a secret agent, including six villas housing six mistresses (we’re guessing one villa per mistress) and two illegitimate sons. Two of the mistresses are also reported to have jobs in the State security system.
Apparently not-exclusively morally corrupt, the investigation has also found that Ma misused his power in order to help a Henan businessman (#125 on the 2014 China Rich List and now gone abroad) secure mergers and acquisitions.
So it looks like another victory for Xi’s anti-corruption campaign and another corrupt official has bitten the dust. There can’t be too many left now! Also, check out this article the Economist published over the weekend about the man scaring the hell out of the powerful mistress-keepers like Ma.
by Alex Linder