China investigates former boss of Xinjiang's capital for suspected corruption

March 11, 2015 10:54 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - A former senior official in the capital of China's restive western region of Xinjiang who was sacked after deadly riots in 2009 has been put under investigation for suspected corruption, the graft watchdog said on Wednesday.

Li Zhi, the one-time Communist Party Secretary in Urumqi, was replaced without explanation shortly after protests almost six years ago there inflamed enmity between mostly Muslim Uighurs and majority Han Chinese, leading to violence in which nearly 200 people died.

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