China jails son of former domestic security boss for 18 years over graft

The wife of former Chinese domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang (above) has been jailed for nine years for corruption, a court said on Wednesday (June 15).
The wife of former Chinese domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang (above) has been jailed for nine years for corruption, a court said on Wednesday (June 15). PHOTO: CHINA UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM

BEIJING (REUTERS) – A Chinese court on Wednesday (June 15) jailed the son of former domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang for 18 years on corruption charges, the official news agency Xinhua said.

The report on Zhou Bin, who had business interests in the energy sector, came hours after a court jailed Zhou’s wife, former state television journalist Jia Xiaoye, for nine years, also for graft. 

Jia, a former state television journalist, was also fined 1 million yuan (S$205,583) for taking bribes, the court said on its official microblog. She will not appeal, the court said in its statement.

Once one of China’s most powerful officials, the elder Zhou was at the centre of the biggest corruption scandals in more than six decades.