China’s ex-security chief gets life

State TV showed Zhou Yongkang admitting his guilt at the closed-door trial in Tianjin

State TV showed Zhou Yongkang admitting his guilt at the closed-door trial in Tianjin

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule.

He was found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and “intentionally disclosing national secrets”, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports.

Until his retirement in 2012, Mr Zhou was one of China’s most powerful men.

He was put under investigation one year later as part of President Xi Jinping’s major anti-corruption campaign.

State TV showed a clip of Mr Zhou pleading guilty at a closed-door trial in the northern city of Tianjin. When responding to the judge, he said he would not launch an appeal.

“I’ve realised the harm I’ve caused to the party and the people. I plead guilty and I regret my crimes,” he said.

–BBC

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