Meng’s various jobs likely put him in close contact with Zhou and other Chinese leaders in the security establishment, a sector long synonymous with corruption, opacity and human rights abuses.

Zhou and other senior figures prosecuted in Xi’s anti-corruption crackdown were mostly convicted of corruption but officials have since also said they were accused of “conspiring openly to usurp party leadership.”

At Monday’s meeting, officials were told that they “must always maintain the political quality of being absolutely loyal to the party,” the statement said.

This story originally appeared in Associated Press. Image courtesy of Andrew Matthews/PA.