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Tuesday 6 December 2016

China's spy chief jailed for life

China's campaign against corruption has culminated in a life sentence for the man who once presided over its security apparatus.

Zhou Yongkang was the first former member of the Politburo Standing Committee to be put on trial since Chairman Mao's wife and the Gang of Four in 1981. Zhou, who was minister of public security between 2002 and 2007 and internal security from then to 2012, was convicted of bribery, abuse of power, and "intentionally disclosing national secrets". He pleaded guilty.

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