The former head of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation is jailed for 16 years on corruption charges. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Chinese courts sentenced two key allies of disgraced former security chief Zhou Yongkang to jail on Monday, one for 16 years and the other for 13, after finding them guilty of corruption, the latest officials felled in a sweeping anti-graft campaign. President Xi Jinping has spent the past three years waging war on deep-seated corruption, saying it threatens the very survival of the ruling Communist Party. A court in Hanjiang in the central province of Hubei jailed Jiang Jiemin, the former head of state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the country's top energy group, for 16 years for bribery and abuse of power. Jiang was a close associate of Zhou Yongkang, the once-powerful domestic security chief and a former member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the most senior person to have been charged with corruption in Xi's anti-graft campaign. Zhou had also been at CNPC, the parent company of PetroChina Co. Ltd., having risen through the ranks to serve as general manager from 1996 to 1998. State television showed pictures of a grim-faced Jiang, who also ran the state asset regulator for five months before being sacked in September 2013, sitting in the dock with a policeman at each side. Jiang took more than 14 million yuan ($2.21 million) in bribes between 2004 and 2013, and with Zhou's connivance broke rules to provide assistance to others in their business dealings, the court said without elaborating. Jiang admitted his guilt and provided evidence of his crimes and so received a more lenient sentence, the Hanjiang court said, adding he would not appeal. He served as CNPC chairman from 2011 to 2013 and went on trial in April. It is not clear why the verdict took so long to come out. Another court in a different part of Hubei sentenced Li Chuncheng, who was a deputy Communist Party boss in the south-western province of Sichuan, to 13 years in jail on the same charges.