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China top court said Zhou Yongkang's influence cleared

Updated: 03 19 , 2015 09:30
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BEIJING -- China's top court on Wednesday said it had cleared effects of ousted leader Zhou Yongkang on court work and instructed judicial staff to take a firm stance on major issues.

The Supreme People's Court said in its 2014 annual report that it had worked to make judicial staff see clearly the "severe harm" of Zhou and former senior official Bo Xilai, who had trodden on the law, damaged unity within the Communist Party of China (CPC) and conducted "non-organizational political activities."

Zhou Yongkang, former member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in charge of political and legal work, was arrested and expelled from the CPC in December for serious breaches of Party rules and laws. Bo, former secretary of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee, was given life imprisonment in 2013 for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Last year, courts at all levels investigated 2,180 officers of the judicial system and transferred 180 of them to prosecuting authorities, according to the report.