The bribery trial of another former senior official linked to ousted Chinese security tsar Zhou Yongkang opened on Wednesday, state media said, the latest in a sequence of sentencings and graft trials ahead of a key Communist Party meeting this month.
President Xi Jinping has warned that rampant corruption threatens the survival of the ruling party and scores of top officials in the government, the party, the military and state -owned companies have been brought down in a far-reaching anti-graft campaign.
Zhou, the disgraced former public security leader, was jailed for life in June after a secret trial in China’s most sensational graft scandal.
“During court proceeding, persecutors presented important evidence, Li Dongsheng and his defenders conducted examination, the prosecution and the defense both completely issued opinions, and Li Dongsheng made a closing statement,” Xinhua said.
Li’s trial comes after the sentencing this week of several Zhou allies, including former oil executives Jiang Jiemin and Wang Yongchun, an aide from Sichuan state Guo Yongxiang, and Li Chuncheng, the former deputy party boss in Sichuan, who were all given prison terms between 13 and 20 years.
China’s largest oil company, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), was a power base for Zhou.
A Tianjin court on Tuesday additionally started the bribery trial of Zhou’s associate, Ji Wenlin, the prior vice governor of the southern province of Hainan.
The party’s elite central committee will meet from Oct. 26-29 to set out the 13th Five-Year plan, a blueprint for economic and social development between 2016 and 2020. Last year’s annual plenum focused on rule of law.