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Apr 12, 2018 04:35 PM
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Quick Take: Former Rising Political Star Admits to Taking Millions in Bribes

Photo: Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court
Photo: Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court

Former rising political star Sun Zhengcai on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of taking over 170 million yuan ($27 million) in bribes from 2002 to 2017, according to a court in the northern port city of Tianjin.

Sun, former party secretary in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, made the plea during his trial at the Tianjin No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court. Prosecutors charged him with taking the money while he served in various government posts, including minister of agriculture and party secretary of the northeastern province of Jilin.

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