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Fallen Political Star Faces Bribery Charges

By Li Rongde
Sun Zhengcai had been a rising political star before he was expelled from the Communist Party in September for “allegedly accepting huge bribes on his own or via associates with whom he had special relationships,” the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said. Photo: VCG
Sun Zhengcai had been a rising political star before he was expelled from the Communist Party in September for “allegedly accepting huge bribes on his own or via associates with whom he had special relationships,” the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said. Photo: VCG

Prosecutors have charged a former Politburo member who also served as party secretary for the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, Sun Zhengcai, with bribery and influence peddling, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

According to the report, which Xinhua said was based on information from China's top prosecutor the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, prosecutors in Tianjin charged 54-year-old Sun with using his various government positions to help associates in exchange for huge payoffs.

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