Ex-Top Chinese Leader Convicted For Corruption Charges

Sun as saying he wouldn't appeal the sentence.

The court heard that between 2002 and past year, Sun had taken advantage of his position to seek profits for others and illegally accepted money, according to previous court statements.

Sun served as the CPC's chief in Shunyi District, Beijing; Standing Committee member and secretary general of the CPC's Beijing Municipal Committee; agriculture minister; secretary of the CPC's Jilin Provincial Committee; Political Bureau member of the CPC Central Committee; and Party chief of Chongqing Municipality, according to the Tianjin Court.

"I sincerely admit my guilt and regret my crime".

The China Central Television and Xinhua reported on Tuesday that the former official had pleaded guilty and agreed with the verdict.

The former party chief of Chongqing City and ex-Politburo member stood trial for accepting bribes.

Sun, 54, was the youngest member of the ruling communist party's 25-member politburo and was a rising star in the party.

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During the conference, Sun, and a former party boss in Chongqing, Bo Xilai, were accused of being part of a plot to usurp the power of the Communist Party.

Bo, who was at the time considered a potential future leader, is now serving a life sentence in prison for corruption and abuse of power, charges that Sun is also facing.

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.

His clampdown on corrupt officials has gained him a measure of popularity among Chinese people.

At the congressional gathering last October, Xi Jinping Thought was formally enshrined in China's constitution, making his political views and positions unassailable within the Party.

China's parliament also removed the two-term limit for the president paving the way for Xi to continue in power for life.

Xi would have had to give up the presidency after the end of his second term in 2023, but last year's decision Xi can now have a lifetime to push his vision of a rejuvenated China as a global powerhouse with a "world-class" military.

  • Douglas Reid