Zhou Yongkang is the highest-ranking former Chinese politician to face court since the 1981 treason trial of Mao Zedong's wife and other members of the "Gang of Four".
Tiger Chairs, Electric Batons, and Chili Oil: Report Finds Chinese Police Are Still Torturing Suspects
A report has documented suspects being deprived of sleep, hung from the ceiling, beaten by hammers, and tortured with electric batons until they agree to confess.
On paper, shuanggui is a disciplinary system within the Chinese Communist Party; in practice it’s a vast, brutal, extra-legal interrogative system into which suspects disappear for weeks or months at a time.
Hundreds of thousands of Communist Party members have been arrested or punished since President Xi Jinping launched a massive anti-graft campaign two years ago.
A corruption probe targeting President Xi Jinping's political opponents may wind up disrupting China's global energy interests.