Zhou Yongkang, the former head of the Ministry of State Security of China, and his accomplices on charges of receiving more than 2.1 billion yuan ($ 338 million) in the form of income from illegal activities, were sentenced to life imprisonment, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Xinhua news agency.
Yongkang is the first public official of high rank, who was put on trial on corruption charges in the last 40 years.
Personally Yongkang was accused of accepting bribes totaling 130 million yuan ($ 21 million). During the trial, he "admitted his guilt and repented." However, he does not intend to appeal the verdict.
Yongkang was the Minister of State Security of China during 2003-2007. In 2007-2012, he was a member of the Politburo Standing Committee and a Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission. In this position, he controlled the security forces, courts and prisons.
In December 2014, Yongkang was expelled from the party for alleged violation of party discipline. Most often, such a phrase is used during dismissal, so that there may be brought charges on corruption later.