Zhou Yongkang, formerly one of China’s most powerful politicians, was charged with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secrets, state media said today.
Authorities announced that they were launching an investigation into Zhou in July 2014. The former security tsar, who also served as a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, had retired in 2012 and hasn’t been seen in public since late 2013, when rumors of the corruption probe were just beginning to take foot.
Zhou was arrested in December 2014, and his case sent the Tianjin Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court today, according to Xinhua.
The indictment said that Zhou, 73, took advantage of his post to offer interests to others, and accepted a massive amount of money and property while serving as a party member.
Zhou’s abuse of power resulted in grave losses of public property and interests of the country and the people. The social impact was “bad” and his act was “particularly serious,” according to the indictment.
He also intentionally disclosed state secrets and his act was “particularly serious,” according to the indictment.
Zhou, a former key ally of Bo Xilai, is the most senior official to be targeted for corruption in China’s recent history, and if a trial were to result in the downfall of the so-called “tiger“, it would be considered one of the biggest purges of leadership since the Communist Party took power.