Ex-se­cu­rity chief ’s wife, son jailed

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By TANG YUE in Bejing tangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The son and the wife of for­mer se­cu­rity chief Zhou Yongkang were sen­tenced to prison terms on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to ver­dicts is­sued by a court in Hubei prov­ince.

The son, Zhou Bin, 44, was sen­tenced to 18 years for tak­ing bribes and for il­le­gal busi­ness op­er­a­tions, the ver­dict said.

He was fined 350.2 mil­lion yuan ($53 mil­lion) and all of his il­le­gally ob­tained as­sets were or­dered to be con­fis­cated.

Zhou Bin and Zhou Yongkang sought ben­e­fits for oth­ers by tak­ing ad­van­tage of Zhou Yongkang’s posts, and ac­cepted prop­erty worth 98 mil­lion yuan, said the ver­dict is­sued by Yichang In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court.

Zhou Bin also used his fa­ther’s in­flu­ence to ob­tain ad­van­tages for oth­ers through of­fi­cials,and ac­cepted prop­erty worth 124 mil­lion yuan.

Zhou Yongkang was a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee from 2007 to 2012.

Hours be­fore the ver­dict on Zhou Bin, Jia Xiaoye, 48, Zhou Yongkang’s wife and Zhou Bin’s step­mother, was im­pris­oned for nine years for tak­ing bribes, ac­cord­ing to a ver­dict is­sued by the same court.

Jia, Zhou Yongkang’s sec­ond wife, was also fined 1 mil­lion yuan.

Ear­lier re­ports said Jia, a for­mer ed­i­tor at China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion, mar­ried Zhou Yongkang “around 2001”.

Nei­ther Zhou Bin nor Jia will ap­peal, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the court af­ter the trial.

In July 2014, the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee an­nounced that it had de­cided to place Zhou Yongkang un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He was ex­pelled from the Party in De­cem­ber that year.

On June 11 last year, he was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for ac­cept­ing bribes, abuse of power and de­lib­er­ately dis­clos­ing State secrets.

Wed­nes­day’s ver­dicts came six months af­ter Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping is­sued a warning of “ca­bals and cliques” in the Party, and re­it­er­ated the na­tion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to press ahead with the fight against cor­rup­tion.

Zhou Yongkang was re­ported to have formed sev­eral net­works in the sec­tors he was in charge of, in­clud­ing law en­force­ment or­gans and Sta­te­owned en­ter­prises such as China Na­tional Petroleum Corp.

Reuters and Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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