Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and prosecutors have opened an investigation into his suspected crimes and decided to arrest him, authorities announced Saturday.
Zhou's expulsion from the CPC was according to a decision made at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Friday.
The meeting also decided to transfer the suspected criminal case of Zhou, a former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and relevant clues to judicial organs for handling according to the law.
Zhou leaked the Party's and country's secrets. He seriously violated self-disciplinary regulations and accepted a large amount of money and properties personally and through his family.
Zhou committed adultery with a number of women and traded his power for sex and money, it said, adding that other clues of suspected crimes by Zhou were also found during the investigation.
What Zhou did completely deviated from the Party's nature and mission, and seriously violated Party discipline. His behaviors badly undermined the reputation of the Party, significantly damaged the cause of the Party and the people, and have yielded serious consequences, the statement said.