29 May 2015
THE revelation in the Hong Kong media earlier this month that Zhou Yongkang, 72, a former member of China’s political elite now facing trial on corruption charges, has allegedly withdrawn his confession throws up questions regarding the formalities of his trial.
China’s former security chief is charged with taking bribes, abuse of power and intentionally leaking state secrets, amid President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown, which has caught high-ranking “tigers” in its net.
There is speculation that Zhou withdrew his confession made to investigators amid the possibility that he could be sentenced to death at his trial, which was to have been held in Tianjin, a port city near Beijing.
… The writer is a research analyst with the China Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
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