Chinese ex-Politburo member Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for corruption

Chinese ex-Politburo member Sun Zhengcai sentenced to life for corruption

A Chinese court sentenced former top Communist Party official Sun Zhengcai to  life in prison after being found guilty of accepting millions in bribes.

Sun’s sentence handed down by the intermediate court in the northern port city of Tianjin appears to end a career that had once been seen as propelling him to the apex of power in the ruling Communist Party.

The ex-Politburo member is one of the most high-profile politicians to be targeted by President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign.

The intermediate court in Tianjin said Sun was found to have taken bribes worth 170 million yuan ($26.7 million; €22 million).

It said his personal property had been confiscated and that he would be deprived of his political rights for life.

“After the judgment was announced, Sun Zhengcai told the court he admitted his guilt, expressed repentance, accepted the decision, and said he would not appeal,” the official Xinhua news agency said.

Last month, the 54-year-old pleaded guilty to accepting bribes during the 15 years he held top positions in Beijing, Jilin province and Chongqing, as well as during his term as minister of agriculture.

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.

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