China court jails top aide to former security chief for corruption
China court jails top aide to former security chief for corruption

[JURIST] A Chinese court on Tuesday jailed a top aide to the country’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges. Li Chongxi was one of the top security advisers before being indicted in April. He is part of a number [Reuters report] of cases brought by China’s communist party [official website] to end corruption. Over 1 million yuan in assets were confiscated [Xinhua report], which he allegedly gained through using his position to secure rights for local companies to develop state-owned land.

The Chinese government has worked in recent years to combat corruption in its legislative and judicial systems. In September prosecutors in China announced [JURIST report] that they would be investigating former China Supreme Court justice Xi Xiaoming on corruption charges. In June China’s anti-corruption Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced the launch [JURIST report] of investigations into 26 government agencies and state-owned enterprises. The CCDI inspections have resulted [Reuters report] in lost positions by 70 senior officials of state firms in 2014. Earlier that month China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was sentenced [JURIST report] to life imprisonment for corruption after being found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets. In March officials announced that efforts against corruption have led to the investigation and conviction of 14 generals [JURIST report] for corrupt financial practices. In February Chinese officials announced the impending prosecution [JURIST report] of Su Rong, former vice chairman of China’s top parliamentary advisory board, for graft.