China jails former Communist boss for life for corruption

08/05 06:28Chinese Court Sentences Ex-Top Communist Official to Life Term for Graft - Media

Quick Take: Former Rising Political Star Sun Zhengcai Gets Life in Prison

Sun was given a "lenient" sentence in exchange for his cooperation, the court in the northern port city of Tianjin said on Tuesday.

He was replaced in Chongqing by Xi protege Chen Min'er, who was subsequently promoted to the Politburo.

Sun Zhengcai, a former Politburo member and party chief of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, was found guilty of taking over 170 million yuan ($26.7 million) in bribes, the First Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin said in a statement on its website. In October, the participants of the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China approved the decision.

When he was arrested, Sun, born in 1963, was the youngest member of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) Politburo, which ran between 2012 and 2017.

"I sincerely confess to and regret the crimes I committed". During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, where the president was granted a second term, Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, described Sun and other political criminals as "figures in important and high places who were both corrupted and contrived to usurp the leadership of the party and seize power".

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Bo, who was at the time considered a potential future leader, is now serving a life sentence in prison for corruption and abuse of power, charges that Sun is also facing.

The 54-year-old is the latest to succumb in Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption drive. Since took power a little over five years ago, more than one million Chinese officials have been investigated and punished for corruption.

The party rejects criticism that the anti-corruption campaign is about silencing political opponents and weeding out rivals as much as it is about stamping out graft.

In March, China's parliament scrapped presidential term limits, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely over the world's most populous country.

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