29 July 2014
Last updated at 11:23
China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for suspected “serious disciplinary violation”, state media say.
The news confirms rumours about the hugely powerful former minister, who has not been seen in public for months.
Mr Zhou headed China’s Ministry of Public Security and was a member of the top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee.
The decision to investigate him will send shockwaves through China’s elite.