Former senior Chinese official given life sentence

by Fredrick Graves May 9, 2018, 5:16
Former senior Chinese official given life sentence

A former senior Communist Party official who was once tipped to become China's future president has been sentenced to life imprisonment for bribery on Tuesday.

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.

The Congress had confirmed the second five-year tenure for Xi, regarded as the most powerful leader of China heading the party, the Presidency and the military.

Prosecutors also accused Sun of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others in project bidding, project approval, enterprise operation and personnel promotion.

State-run China Central Television says hearings in a Tianjin court revealed that Sun and his associates accepted cash and goods worth about 170-million yuan, or about 27 million dollars, in exchange for favors and abusing his authority.

"I sincerely confess to and regret the crimes I committed".

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Sun was the youngest member of the Communist Party's top 25-member Politburo before he was expelled and he was widely considered a potential successor to Xi. Sun was sent to Chongqing to fill the void left by Bo, but he failed to wipe out his predecessor's "lingering pernicious influence", Communist Party of China investigators determined.

The National People's Congress recently expanded the campaign by creating a national supervision commission that will look beyond party officials and scrutinise millions of public servants at all levels of government.

Announcing the verdict, the court also deprived him of his political rights for life and all his personal property was confiscated.

In July 2017, Sun was abruptly removed from his post as the party secretary of the inland city of Chongqing, and replaced by a Xi protégé.

However, critics have claimed Xi has used the crusade as a way to sideline political opponents and consolidate his power over the country.

Over a million officials of various ranks have been punished in Xi's anti-graft campaign since he came to power in 2013.

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