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Dec 5, 2014 1:33 PM

China's former security chief expelled from party

The Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) The Chinese Communist Party has expelled the feared ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the official Xinhua News Agency said early Saturday, and prosecutors have decided to arrest him and investigate his suspected crimes, including accepting bribes and leaking the country's secrets.

Zhou, a former member of the powerful nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, is the most senior figure to be snared in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crackdown.

Zhou would be the highest-level official to be prosecuted since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong's wife and other members of the "Gang of Four" who persecuted political opponents during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.

"He abused his power to help relatives, mistresses and friends make huge profits from operating businesses, resulting in serious losses of state-owned assets," Xinhua said in its report published shortly after midnight.

The decision to expel Zhou was made Friday after attendees at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee deliberated over an investigation report on Zhou's "severe disciplinary violations" a phrase is usually used to describe corruption.

The Communist Party said in July it was investigating Zhou, who was in charge of China's massive domestic security apparatus before his retirement in 2012.

The investigation found that Zhou had "seriously violated the Party's political, organizational and confidentiality discipline," the report said.

"Zhou leaked the Party's and country's secrets," the report went on to say. "He seriously violated self-disciplinary regulations and accepted a large amount of money and properties personally and through his family. Zhou committed adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex and money."


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