Ex-se­cu­rity chief closer to anti-cor­rup­tion trial date

29 other for­mer high-rank­ing of­fi­cials are handed to prose­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YAN in Beijing zhangyan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s ex-se­cu­rity chief Zhou Yongkang has been trans­ferred to prose­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties along with 29 other for­mer high-rank­ing of­fi­cials, paving the way for his trial.

The trans­fers were an­nounced by the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Zhou is the high­est-rank­ing fig­ure to be­come en­snared in the coun­try’s cam­paign against cor­rup­tion in re­cent years.

Au­thor­i­ties an­nounced in July that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Zhou, who re­tired from the Polit­buro Stand­ing Com­mit­tee in 2012.

He was ar­rested in De­cem­ber, ex­pelled from the Party and placed un­der a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a se­ries of al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing tak­ing bribes and “leak­ing state se­crets”. Mean­while, Chi­nese ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have se­cured the re­turn of more than 500 eco­nomic fugi­tives, in­clud­ing many al­leged cor­rupt of­fi­cials, from abroad.

They have also re­trieved more than 3 bil­lion yuan ($480 mil­lion) sent over­seas il­le­gally, Huang Shux­ian, deputy sec­re­tary of the com­mis­sion, told a me­dia brief­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Huang said they are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing other high-pro­file cases, in­clud­ing those of Ling Ji­hua, for­mer min­is­ter of the United Front Work Depart­ment.

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