China’s new security chief said his disgraced predecessor, Zhou Yongkang, led many others astray in his pursuit of “money, power and the sex trade”.
Meng Jianzhu made the comments amid a widening crackdown on Zhou’s friends and associates,
Meng said Zhou had caused serious harm to the ruling Communist Party, Reuters reported Thursday, citing state media.
“We must not only reflect on the painful lessons of the Zhou Yongkang case but also completely eliminate its influence,” Meng said.
Last year, China arrested Zhou and expelled him from the party, accusing him of crimes ranging from taking bribes to leaking state secrets.
The party’s top anti-graft watchdog has said his case has been handed over to judicial authorities.
Zhou, 71, is by far the highest-profile figure caught up in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption.
He is the most senior official to be ensnared in a graft scandal since the party swept to power in 1949.
Many Zhou associates have already been taken down in the anti-corruption drive, including Ma Jian, a senior spy boss who had worked under Zhou.
Li Dongsheng, former vice minister of public security, Jiang Jiemin, the former head of the state asset regulator, and Wang Yongchun, former deputy head of state energy giant China National Petroleum Corp., have also been felled. All had ties to Zhou.
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