China’s former domestic security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty during a closed-door trial of bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power, state media reported.
Until his retirement nearly three years ago Zhou, aged 72, was one of the most powerful men in China. He is currently the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949. The decision to try Zhou underscores President Xi Jinping’s pledge to fight corruption at the highest levels.
Zhou has not been seen in public since October 2013.