Beijing, June 11: A Chinese court on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to former security chief Zhou Yongkang, media reported.
Zhou, one of China's most powerful men until his retirement in 2012, was sentenced to life imprisonment over charges of bribery, abuse of power and "intentionally disclosing national secrets, Global Times reported.
The court heard his case on May 22. Charged with disclosure of state secrets, this trial was not open to the public.
Zhou was convicted of taking bribe of about 130 million yuan (21.3 million US dollars), said the court judgement.
Zhou took the advantage of his position to seek profits for five persons identified as Wu Bing, Ding Xuefeng, Wen Qingshan, Zhou Hao and Jiang Jiemin, and accepted money and property worth 731,100 yuan from Jiang.
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Zhou was informed after the fact that his wife Jia Xiaoye and son Zhou Bin had accepted money and property worth 129 million yuan.