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Corruption: China’s Ex-Security Chief, Yongkang, Jailed For Life

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

CHINA’S former domestic security chief has been sentenced to life in jail after being found guilty during a closed-door trial of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power, state news agency, Xinhua, said on Thursday June 11, 2015.

Zhou Yongkang, who was formally charged in April, was tried in the northern city of Tianjin on May 22, 2015.

Xinhua said he admitted his guilt and decided not to appeal against the verdict.

Zhou, 72, is the most senior figure to go down in Chinese president Xi Jinping’s wide-sweeping war on corruption.

“I accept the prosecution’s accusations, and the basic facts are clear; I admit my guilt and am penitent,” Xinhua paraphrased Zhou as telling the court.

Key figures in the anti-corruption campaign that has targeted Chinese officials at all levels.

One source with the direct knowledge of the situation said Zhou, who used to be in charge of the police force, was being guarded by soldiers rather than police officers.

“He was cooperative during interrogations,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “His attitude was good.”

Zhou was on the nine-member politburo standing committee, the most powerful group of people in China.

His alleged crimes took place over decades, including when he was deputy general manager of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), party boss in south western Sichuan province, minister of public security and a member of the standing committee, according to the initial indictment.

He has not been seen in public since October 2013.

Zhou joined the standing committee in 2007 while also heading the central political and legal affairs committee, a sprawling body that oversees law and order policy.

The security apparatus he ran expanded during his watch and consumed a budget that exceeded the official figure for military spending, hence quickly earning the enmity of Chinese dissidents.