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Former top Chinese police official and Zhou Yongkang ally jailed on corruption charges

Details of Li Dongsheng’s 15-year sentence announced by state television

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 January, 2016, 11:33am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 January, 2016, 11:33am

Li Dongsheng, the former deputy national police chief and ally of ex-security tsar Zhou Yongkang, has been jailed for 15 years on corruption charges, state media reported.

State broadcaster CCTV briefly announced details of the sentence on Tuesday morning.

The total sums involved in Li’s case amounted to nearly 22 million yuan (HK$26 million), according to previous state media reports.

Li, 60, is one of several senior officials jailed on graft charges who had close ties to Zhou.

The former security chief and top ranking member of China’s government was jailed for life in June for taking bribes, abuse power and intentionally leaking state secrets.

He is the highest ranking official in China to receive such a heavy sentence since the Cultural Revolution.

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Li became a target in a widening corruption probe in 2013.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate last year formally accused Li of taking advantage of his positions at state broadcaster CCTV, the Ministry of Public Security and the Communist Party’s Central Politics and Law Commission to seek benefits for others in exchange for huge profits.

Li’s case concluded at the Tianjin No.2 Intermediate People’s Court in October.

Li was appointed vice minister of public security in 2009, despite lacking any previous law enforcement experience.

Zhou was then serving on the party’s Central Politics and Law Commission which oversees the Ministry of Public Security.

Li spent 22 years working at China Central Television, eventually rising to deputy chief of the state broadcaster.

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He served as vice minister of the party’s propaganda department before securing the public security post.

Media reports have previously quoted a person close to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate as saying that Li introduced Zhou to his current wife.