#AceNewsServices – Update: CHINA – Dec.06 – Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security chief and Politburo member, has been stripped of his Communist Party membership and will face prosecution, Xinhua reported early on Saturday, citing the Politburo of the party’s Central Committee.

Zhou, 72, was accused of a series of serious violations of “party and organisational discipline and secrecy”, ranging from taking bribes to leaking party and state secrets and “exchanging power and money for sex”.

The report said he took bribes and abused his post for the benefit of others, including mistresses, relatives and friends.

He was also accused of causing heavy losses of state-owned assets.

The announcement was the first time that allegations that Zhou leaked state secrets had been reported.

The decision on Friday to expel Zhou and hand his case over to prosecutors came after the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection carried out an investigation into Zhou earlier this year, Xinhua reported.

TIMELINE: Zhou Yongkang’s fall from grace

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate had approved Zhou’s arrest, the report said.

In a commentary published at midnight, party mouthpiece People’s Daily vowed to firmly fight corruption to uphold party discipline.


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