Aide to China’s ex-security czar gets 12 years for bribes


BEIJING (AP) — A former aide to China’s disgraced security czar was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison for taking bribes, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Ji Wenlin, former deputy governor of the southern island province of Hainan, was found guilty of receiving more than 20 million yuan ($3 million) in bribes from 2000 to 2013, it said. For part of that time, Ji served as an aide to former security czar Zhou Yongkang in the central government before transferring to Hainan.

Zhou is a former member of the ruling Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. Once in charge of the vast security apparatus, he was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 after being convicted of bribery, abuse of power and leaking state secrets, amid a sweeping crackdown by President Xi Jinping on corruption.

Ji, 49, was tried by a court in the port city of Tianjin, which also levied a fine of 1 million yuan ($150,000).