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Ahead Of Party Congress, Former Chinese Minister Jailed For Life

 Ahead Of Party Congress, Former Chinese Minister Jailed For Life

Former Chinese vice minister of public security Sun Lijun has been jailed for life for corruption. He was given a suspended death sentence for taking over 646 million yuan of bribes, which will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years, with no possibility of parole. He was also sentenced to eight years for manipulating the stock market and was fined 1 million yuan, in addition to further five years for illegally possessing two firearms. But considering his confession, voluntarily offering assistance on other cases and aiding authorities in recovering corrupt proceeds, the court issued a two-year reprieve. Sun was expelled from the Communist Party of China in September last year for violation of party discipline and laws. The party said Sun displayed “extremely inflated political ambition and very poor political integrity,” issued groundless criticisms of party policies, spread political rumours, unscrupulously cultivated personal followers and interest groups to obtain personal political gains.

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