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‘Tiger’ Zhou Yongkang to Be Tried for Corruption in China

Zhou attends the 18th Party Congress of the CPC on Nov. 12, 2012, in Beijing
Zhou attends the 18th Party Congress of the CPC on Nov. 12, 2012, in BeijingPhotographer: Katharina Hesse/laif via Redux

After months of uncertainty, the news came in the wee hours of Saturday morning: Zhou Yongkang, former security czar and retired member of China’s most elite political body, the Politburo Standing Committee, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China and arrested, and will stand trial for a range of serious crimes, including taking bribes, adultery, and leaking state secrets. He is the most senior official toppled for corruption since 1949.

“What Zhou did completely deviated from the Party’s nature and mission, and seriously violated Party discipline. His behaviors badly undermined the reputation of the Party, significantly damaged the cause of the Party and the people,” said a statement released after a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday.