A Chinese courtroom has sentenced Sun Zhengcai, the previous Communist Party boss of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, to life in jail for corruption, state media mentioned on Tuesday.
Sun is the most recent former senior official taken down in President Xi Jinping’s struggle on graft. He admitted in April to an intermediate courtroom within the metropolis of Tianjin that he had taken bribes of greater than 170 million yuan ($27 million).
“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 information company mentioned, citing the Tianjin courtroom.
Sun, 54, was abruptly eliminated in July from his publish as party chief of Chongqing, one among China’s most vital cities. He was changed by Chen Miner, who’s near Xi.
Until then, Sun, one of many youngest of the 25 members of the ruling party’s decision-making Politburo, had been thought-about a contender for prime management.
Prosecutors charged Sun in February with accepting “huge sums” in bribes throughout varied posts going again 15 years in Chongqing, Beijing, the northeastern province of Jilin, and through his time period as minister of agriculture.
He was sure to be discovered responsible as a result of China’s courts are managed by the party and won’t problem its accusations.
Xi has presided over a sweeping corruption crackdown since coming to energy in 2012, vowing to focus on each “tigers” and “flies” in a reference to elite officers and strange bureaucrats.
The marketing campaign has led to the jailing or punishment of 1000’s of officers and likewise introduced down dozens of senior party and army officers.
The anti-corruption effort has not simply been targeted on points like bribery and utilizing public cash to fund lavish life. It has additionally taken goal at these whose political loyalty is discovered missing or who specific doubt in public about party insurance policies.
China has rebuffed criticism that the marketing campaign is as a lot about settling political scores as about stamping out real prison acts.