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Xinhua News Agency says China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang expelled from Communist Party

  • In this photo taken May 4, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a conference to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Chinese Communist Youth League at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's official Xinhua News Agency says the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party. Xinhua said the decision was made Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

    In this photo taken May 4, 2012, Zhou Yongkang, Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a conference to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Chinese Communist Youth League at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China's official Xinhua News Agency says the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party. Xinhua said the decision was made Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Zhou Yongkang, the then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, raises his hand to show approval for a work report during the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's official Xinhua News Agency says the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party. Xinhua said the decision was made Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Zhou Yongkang, the then Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, raises his hand to show approval for a work report during the closing ceremony for the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. China's official Xinhua News Agency says the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party. Xinhua said the decision was made Friday Dec. 5, 2014 at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)  (The Associated Press)

China's official Xinhua News Agency says the country's former security chief, Zhou Yongkang, has been expelled from the Communist Party.

In July, the party announced it was investigating Zhou, one of nine leaders in the party's ruling inner circle until his retirement in 2012, for serious violations of party discipline.

In a brief bulletin published shortly after midnight Saturday, Xinhua said the decision was made Friday at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the party's Central Committee.

The meeting also decided to transfer his "suspected criminal case ... and relevant clues to judicial organs for handling according to the law," the report said.