China jails for life associate of disgraced former security chief

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Thursday (Oct 13) jailed for life an associate of disgraced former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang after finding him guilty of corruption.

Tan Li was a vice-governor of the island province of Hainan, which China likes to style as its answer to Hawaii or Bali, until he was put under investigation by the ruling Communist Party in 2014.

Tan's official resume shows he worked as the propaganda chief in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, while Zhou served as the province's party boss in the late 1990s.

Zhou, the most senior Chinese official to be ensnared in a graft probe since the ruling Communist Party swept to power in 1949, was jailed for life last year for bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power.

The Guangzhou court said in a short statement on its official microblog that Tan was found guilty of bribery and ordered all his assets to be seized and handed over to the state. It gave no other details.

It was not possible to reach any family members or legal representatives of Tan for comment.

Many of Zhou's associates and allies have been jailed, including his wife and son.

President Xi Jinping has mounted a sweeping anti-corruption campaign since coming to power almost four years ago.

Mr Xi has warned that rampant corruption threatens the survival of the Communist Party and has waged a campaign against graft that has swept up scores of senior officials in the party, the government, the military and state-owned companies.