Date
18 December 2017
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang is expected to go on trial in the next few weeks for alleged corruption and abuse of power. Photo: Bloomberg
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang is expected to go on trial in the next few weeks for alleged corruption and abuse of power. Photo: Bloomberg

China builds case against Zhou Yongkang ahead of trial

Chinese authorities appear to be broadening the potential graft allegations against former security czar Zhou Yongkang ahead of his trial, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing court statements released on Thursday, the paper noted that a former Chengdu official has admitted to criminal collusion with Zhou, who will go on trial for bribery, abuse of power and other offenses.

Li Chuncheng, a former mayor and party secretary of Chengdu, and his wife accepted more than US$60 million in bribes and violated rules, at least sometimes based on instructions from Zhou, the court documents showed, according to the report.

Over a decade through mid-2011, as he served in Chengdu, Li was “instructed” by Zhou, the court was quoted as saying, without being specific. At the beginning of that period, Zhou held the Communist Party’s top position in Sichuan province.

The court quoted Li as saying “the accusations in the indictment are all factual”.

The partial transcripts released by the Xianning Municipal Intermediate Court in central Hubei province were Li’s only public response since he was abruptly removed from power in late 2012.

While lacking specifics, the allegations may indicate another basis for charges faced by Zhou, who is expected stand trial in the coming weeks, the report said. 

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