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Former China Politburo member goes on trial for bribery

AFP  |  Beijing 

A former top who was once tipped for a leadership post was put on trial on bribery charges today, the latest target of Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption crusade.

Sun Zhengcai, a former of the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, was accused by the country's top in February of "seeking benefits for others" and "illegally accepting huge sums of money". Sun had once been tipped for promotion to the Politburo's elite, seven-member standing committee, which rules the country and is presided over by Xi.

The in the northern city of said the trial had started this morning, with more than 130 people in attendance, including members of the country's top political advisory board.

Government corruption is rampant in China, and has presided over a much-publicised anti-graft campaign since coming to power in 2012, which some have compared to a political purge.

In October, congratulated Xi for foiling the efforts of powerful officials who "plotted to usurp the party's leadership and seize state power." Liu listed former security alongside Sun as part of the conspiracy, which was rumoured to have involved military officials.

They have been ousted from the and arrested or jailed on corruption charges.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 08:15 IST