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China jails senior official for life

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 01:36

China sentences its powerful former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang to life in jail, after he is found guilty of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power. Yiming Woo reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Zhou Yongkang has become the most senior Chinese official caught in a corruption crackdown since the Communist Party came to power. The former domestic security chief has been sentenced to life in prison, after the court found him guilty of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power. Among his crimes was the unauthorized release of six secret documents to a fortune teller who forged close ties with the country's political elite. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FORMER CHINESE SECURITY CHIEF ZHOU YONGKANG SAYING: "I accept the verdict from the court and will not appeal. I realize the facts, that I violated the law and committed crimes, which caused loss for the Party. I once again confess and I regret." In Beijing, Chinese residents welcomed the ruling. (SOUNDBITE) (MANDARIN) 64-YEAR-OLD RETIREE, WANG CHAOSHENG, SAYING: "No matter how great your power, no matter what position you hold, if you go against the law as put down in the constitution, you will be seriously punished. We are extremely supportive of this, and what's more, I reckon at least 85 percent of the people of this entire country support this." Zhou was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee until he stepped down three years ago. By ordering the investigation into Zhou, Chinese President Xi Jinping broke an unwritten understanding, that members of the ruling elite wouldn't come under such scrutiny after retirement.

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China jails senior official for life

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 01:36