China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has reportedly been jailed for life, becoming the first senior politician to be convicted on corruption charges since the Communist Party came to power in 1949.
He was accused of accepting bribe worth USD 21.3 million, abusing power and “intentionally disclosing national secrets”, reported the BBC.
At a closed-door trial in the northern city of Tianjin, Yongkang pleaded guilty and said that he would not file an appeal.
He has been stripped of all political rights and his property has been confiscated.
Yongkang retired in 2012 as one of China’s most powerful men and was put under scrutiny a year later as part of a major crackdown initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping against corruption.