Chinese prosecutors have charged the former Party chief of one of China’s largest cities with bribery, and will soon be pressing charges against another former top official, according to Reuters, citing state media reports.
The filing of charges against Sun Zhengcai, who until his removal from office in July was the head of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing and considered a potential future Chinese leader, comes just a few months after he was expelled from China’s parliament, which took away his legal immunity. Sun has been accused of leaking secrets, bribery and abuse of power.
In a separate announcement, the Communist Party also said that it would prosecute Lu Wei, the former head of China’s powerful internet watchdog, for graft.
In a separate statement, the party’s anti-corruption watchdog said former internet chief Lu Wei had been expelled from the party and would be prosecuted for bribery. A Party investigation found that Lu was “arbitrary and tyrannical” and abused his power for personal gain while in office, the watchdog added.