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19 February 2018

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02/13/2018 CHINA

Former Chongqing party boss Sun Zhengcai accused of corruption

He was a member of the Politburo and touted as Xi Jinping’s successor. His trial will take place in Tianjin, where Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua were tried. Both belonged to groups not in step with Xi.

Tianjin (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Sun Zhengcai, former Chongqing Party secretary, has been formally charged with bribery and influence peddling.

Sun, 54, a member of the Politburo and a candidate to succeed President Xi Jinping, was abruptly sacked as party boss of the megacity Chongqing in July.

After coming under investigation for corruption in the run-up to the Communist Party’s leadership reshuffle in October, he was replaced by Chen Miner, a close protégé of Xi and a rising political star.

In addition of corruption charges, he was eventually accused of abuse of power and leaking state secrets. Now the Supreme People’s Procuratorate has formally charged him of bribe-taking and abuse of power.

A trial date has not yet been set but it is expected to be in Tianjin where two other party heavyweights were tried after President Xi Jinping launched his anticorruption drive.

Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Politburo Standing Committee, and Ling Jihua, former President Hu Jintao’s right-hand man, were tried behind closed doors because of "state secrets".






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Ling Jihua, aide to retired President Hu Jintao, faces prosecution on corruption charges
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China, trial opens against Zhou Yongkang clique
To great media fanfare, China’s top prosecutor’s office announces criminal proceedings against three former senior government officials: two were protected by the powerful ex national security "czar". Increasingly insistent rumors of a possible arrest of Zhou, considered until two years ago the "most powerful and feared" politician in all of China.

23/12/2014 CHINA
Hu Jintao's former top aide Ling Jihua under investigation for corruption
After Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou, another top official falls to Xi Jinping's anti-graft drive. This is raising suspicions that the crackdown is part of an internal political struggle. Two of Ling's brothers are also being investigated. His career ended when his son killed himself behind the wheel of a Ferrari. Two young women, one naked and the other half-naked, were found with his half-naked body.

11/06/2015 CHINA
China’s former ‘national security czar’ Zhou Yongkang sentenced to life imprisonment
The powerful former head of the country’s security services was convicted on charges of corruption, abuse of power and sale of state secrets. His trial was held behind closed doors because of national security considerations. Zhou is the first member of the Politburo (current or retired) to go to jail. He said he would not appeal, but will likely end up in a five-star prison for Communist leaders who have fallen from grace.


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