Date
16 December 2017
Zhou Yongkang is the most high-profile figure to fall in China's unrelenting campaign against corruption. Photo: Reuters
Zhou Yongkang is the most high-profile figure to fall in China's unrelenting campaign against corruption. Photo: Reuters

Investigators probing Zhou cost to state coffers

Chinese prosecutors are preparing to put former security chief Zhou Yongkang on trial for corruption but the cost of his alleged crimes to state coffers is yet to be determined, Time Weekly reported Tuesday.

Zhou is the most high-profile figure to fall in a relentless anti-corruption campaign by President Xi Jinping.

In July, the Communist Party announced an investigation into Zhou for suspected “serious disciplinary violations”, a euphemism for corruption.

In the week to Aug. 24, authorities found 153 corruption cases and more than 600 officials had been placed under investigation as of Aug. 28, the report said.

More than 84,000 cadres were punished during the first six months of the year compared with 182,000 for the whole of last year.

Other heavyweight officials under investigation are Xu Caihou, former deputy chairman of the Central Military Commission, and Liu Tienan, a former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

More than 40 officials at the provincial level or higher have been convicted for corruption since a Nov. 2012 party plenum in which the government vowed to ramp up the fight against graft. 

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