Ex-security chief closer to anti-corruption trial date
29 other former high-ranking officials are handed to prosecuting authorities
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.