The highest profile political trial in China is now over. China's former security tsar, Zhou Yongkang, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by Tianjin No.1 Intermediate People's Court, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.
He was also stripped of all political rights for life and all his personal assets were confiscated, Xinhua reported on Thursday.
Zhou, the most senior Chinese official to stand trial on graft charges in decades, was formally charged in April with taking bribes, abuse of power and intentionally leaking state secrets.
He is the highest ranking politician to be taken down in Chinese President Xi Jinping's nationwide anti-corruption campaign, which also included the downfall of Zhou's political ally Bo Xilai. Zhou was a member of China's Politburo, the country's most powerful decision making body. In Chinese history, no Politburo member has ever stood trial on any charge.
According to the prosecution Zhou took more than 129 million yuan ($21 million) as well as using his power to help others to illegally gain 2.1 billion yuan. He also has leaked five top-secret documents.