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Wife of China's former domestic security tsar jailed for graft

World Wednesday 15/June/2016 13:09 PM
By: Times News Service
Wife of China's former domestic security tsar jailed for graft

Beijing: The wife of former Chinese domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for nine years for corruption, a court said on Wednesday, the latest high-profile figure to be felled in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft campaign. Jia Xiaoye, a former state television journalist, was also fined 1 million yuan ($150,000) for taking bribes, the Intermediate People's Court of Yichang, a city in the central province of Hubei, said on its official microblog. She will not appeal, the court said in its statement after a closed trial.
It was not clear if she had retained a lawyer. Zhou was once among China's most powerful officials and was at the centre of its biggest corruption scandals in more than six decades. Sources first told Reuters in 2014 that Jia had been detained along with more than 10 of Zhou's relatives.
Unlike with many other high-profile corruption cases, authorities did not immediately specify how much money Jia was accused of obtaining through bribes.