China hands ex-political high-flyer life sentence for graft

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

Sun said that he would not appeal against the sentence, the media outlet added. He was accused of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for himself and others.

Sun, a former Politburo member and party chief of the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing was also expelled from his political rights for life, and all his property and illicit gains confiscated, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. In October, the participants of the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China approved the decision.

A rising political star once seen as a potential successor to Chinese President Xi Jinping fell hard Tuesday when a court sentenced him to life in prison for corruption, a fate that has befallen a number of political figures in China as Xi's power grows.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and expressed repentance, according to Tianjin's No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, which imposed his sentence less than one month after the trial opened in a relatively swift resolution of the case.

At the time of his removal, Mr. Sun was the youngest member of the Politburo and ran the inland megacity of Chongqing, and Mr. Xi was preparing for a Communist Party congress in the fall that would help him consolidate power and promote allies to senior posts.

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Sun said he admits his crimes and is sincerely repentant.

Since Mr Xi came to power in 2012 he has made tracking down corrupt elite "tigers" and "flies" at the grassroots level a cornerstone of his administration and hundreds of thousands of officials have been punished as part of the campaign.

Recall that Sun, 54, was abruptly removed in July from his post as party chief of Chongqing, one of China's most important cities and was replaced by Chen Miner, who is close to Xi. In February, the Communist Party announced plans to amend China's constitution to remove term limits for the president, leading many to conclude that Xi intends to rule for life.

Xi's critics allege that he has used the campaign against his political rivals.

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