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Chinese gov't official sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes

Chinese gov't official sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes

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May 8 (UPI) -- A Communist Party chief in China has been sentenced to life in prison for accepting approximately $ 27 million in bribes.Sun Zhengcai, former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, will also get all of his personal property confiscated under the sentence which was announced Tuesday by the First Intermediate People's Court of Tianjin Municipality, Xinhua reported."This is the outcome of my own deeds and I deserve all of this," Sun said on state television during his one-day trial last month, according to Bloomberg. "I sincerely confess my illegal actions with regret and will obey the court's decision."Sun, 54, was convicted of accepting $ 27 million bribes in property and cash between 2002 and 2017.At the time of his arrest last year, ...
Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced

Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced

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Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days' administrative arrest for repeatedly violating the law on staging rallies.He was detained at his home in Moscow earlier on Monday, ahead of anti-corruption demonstrations in Russia.Hundreds of people were held during the gatherings across the country. Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said.Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA court in Moscow announced its verdict late on Monday, rejecting demands by Alexei Navalny's defence lawyers to drop the case.The 41-year-old opposition leader later confirmed this in a tweet on his Twitter page (in Russian).Mr Navalny, who intends to stand for the Russian presidency next year, ha...