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Former high-ranking China politician gets life sentence for taking bribes

[JURIST] Sun Zhengcai, former member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of China and former Secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee, was sentenced[press release] to life in prison on Tuesday for taking bribes.

The First Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin [official website] found Sun guilty of using his position to help certain individuals and organizations with business operations accepting bribes that totaled 170 million yuan or about $26.7 million.

At trial he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to life in prison, deprived of political rights for life and had the proceeds from his illegal conduct confiscated.

This ruling is a continuation of President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption in the government. This has been criticized by some as targeting Xi's political rivals, but the movement has seen more than one million [JURIST Report] officials punished since the drive to stamp out illicit activity by government officials began.

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