China to prosecute three officials

BEIJING • China's anti-corruption campaign has showed no sign of abating, as the authorities moved to prosecute three officials with ties to either a disgraced former security czar or a former top presidential aide, media reported yesterday.

Li Dongsheng, 59, former vice-minister of public security, has been charged with bribery and abuse of power, People's Daily said yesterday, citing a statement from the Supreme People's Procuratorate. Li, believed to be a close associate of former security chief Zhou Yongkang, took advantage of his status and power to seek improper benefits for others in exchange for huge profits, the statement said.

Zhou, a former member of the all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, wielded vast power as head of the police and courts until his retirement in 2012.

He was sentenced to life in prison at a secret trial in June, after a court found that he and a number of associates received more than 2.1 billion yuan (S$463 million) in profits from illegal business activities.

Another of Zhou's allies, Ji Wenlin, 49, the former deputy governor of the southern province of Hainan, has also been charged with corruption, the top procuratorate said in a separate statement last Friday.

Beijing also on Friday kicked out Ling Zhengce from the ruling Communist Party, paving the way for his prosecution for graft and abuse of power. Ling, 63, the former deputy head of the parliamentary advisory body in Shanxi, is the elder brother of Ling Jihua, a one-time senior aide to former president Hu Jintao.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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