(BEIJING) – A Chinese court sentenced former political high-flyer Sun Zhengcai's life in prison Tuesday for $ 26 million in bribes, making him one of the biggest names to fall in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption and disloyalty
In addition to being Imprisoned, Sun was deprived of political rights for life and all its personal property was confiscated.
State Broadcaster CCTV Said Sun in court to accept the sentence and that it would not appeal.
Sun has been elevated to the party's elite 25-member Politburo and the top official in the western megacity of Chongqing before being removed in July.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and expressed repentance, according to Tianjin's No.
In return for the bribes, Sun and his associates allegedly granted to unspecified organizations and individuals with engineering contracts
Experts say announced figures in corruption cases are often just a fraction of the amount involved.
At a party meeting last year, a senior official said that "Sun and other senior figures were prosecuted in Xi's anti-corruption charges." corruption crackdown were "conspiring openly to usurp party leadership."
Sun had been read from the party and dismissed from public office in Sept.
He was replaced in Chongqing by Xi protege Chen Min'er, who was subsequently promoted to Politburo.
Xi's predecessor, Hu Jintao, which Xi – who also heads the ruling party – has effectively sidelined himself in his consolidation of power.
Xi in March saw
Sun's failure to obtain approval from a senior party figures for his political ambitions, said Ding Xueliang, an expert in Chinese politics at Hong Kong's University of Science and Technology.
In political cases, investigators generally have little dif
However, bringing political charges would be "extremely explosive" for a party intent on keeping its internal processes , factional rivalries and methods of distributing power and privilege, Ding said.
"Charging with corruption allows all the convenience of releasing sensitive data while permitting the party to destroy (Sun's) reputation." recalls that of Bo Xilai, one of his predecessors as Chongqing party chief, who was once considered among the country's most ambitious politicians and a potential rival to Xi.
Xi's campaign include Zhou Yongkang, a retired member of the party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee; and Guo Boxingg, a former top general. Both are serving life prison terms after being convicted of corruption or other misconduct.