Life sentence for corrupt
Life sentence for corrupt
A Chinese court sends Zhou Yongkang corruption lifetime in jail. It was his political affiliation undoing. Zhou billion fortune was confiscated.
The television picture shows Zhou Yongkang to Justice (front right). Photo: AFP
The once most feared man in China was sentenced on Thursday to life in prison. A court in the coastal city of Tianjin has fallen leaders Zhou Yongkang found guilty of abusing his power and taking bribes. The reports in the evening, the official news agency „Xinhua“.
Zhou belonged to 2012 to the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the innermost center of power in China. From 2002 to 2007 he was head of China’s intelligence services and police minister – and thus master of the largest army of informers, agents, spies and policemen of the world. Democratic limitations of his power, he had nothing to fear. The compounds of the today 72-year-olds in the commodity sector have his family introduced a billion-dollar fortune, which has now been confiscated.
It was not so much his corrupt practices as his political affiliation, which now has been his undoing. Zhou was a rival of the current state and party boss Xi Jinping. Corruption investigators have sat watching most particularly due Xi took office at its opponents, what to hide these. In Beijing, there are rumors that Zhou has tried during the leadership change at the last moment to poison Xi or kick off an internal party coup. Just so he could save his skin still. Two years ago, the concrete investigations have begun.
Zhou is now the first former member of the Politburo, which had to confess to his crimes. Presumably he had expected that the protection of the innermost circle of power also applies to him. However, Xi Jinping has no such inhibitions – both when it comes to his opponents and corrupt cadres.
Zhou was head of oil company
Zhou steep climb had begun when he was provincial head of the resource-rich province of Sichuan. Later he headed the state oil company PetroChina. These are based on market capitalization to the fourth largest company in the world. Zhou had understood at this time, to lift his relatives and confidants in the oil industry in key positions. His son Zhou Bin for example ran a financial company that has invested in the oil industry – and apparently was always well informed about the development of policy frameworks.
The authorities have since arrested hundreds of members of his rope team. They all had to interrogations by the Central Disciplinary Committee shall, internal investigators of the party. Only when the party has decided how to proceed further, the cases go to the regular courts. The jury is then already fixed most.
Zhou is now, when the judgment is to be taken at his word, spend the rest of his life in the famous Qincheng Prison. The conditions are quite comfortable here. The cells are as large as the home of a Chinese average earner. Inmate Zhou has the company of other political greats who have tangled with Xi Jinping and this have come through bribery a reason for their arrest here. Here is also located a Bo Xilai, once a star in the party with ambitions for the presidency.
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