Ex-security chief gets life in China

China sentenced its powerful former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang to life in jail today, after he was found guilty at a secret trial of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power, in China's most sensational graft scandal in 70 years.

  • Published 12.06.15
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Beijing, June 11 (Reuters): China sentenced its powerful former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang to life in jail today, after he was found guilty at a secret trial of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power, in China's most sensational graft scandal in 70 years.

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

He admitted his guilt and decided not to appeal against the verdict, state media said.

Zhou, 72, is the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the Communist Party swept to power in 1949. The decision to try Zhou underscores President Xi Jinping's pledge to fight corruption at the highest levels.

"I submit myself to the verdict of the court, and I do not appeal," Zhou told the court, in comments carried on state television's main evening news.

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