China Levels Series of Allegations Against Former Law-Enforcement Official Sun Lijun

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The drumbeat of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign intensified with the ouster of the former deputy minister from the Communist Party

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Mr Sun also had links to high-profile cases in Hong Kong and internationally.

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Party investigators, who said in April 2020 that Mr. given, which indicates that a formal trial will be held against him.

The notice from the party’s Anti-Corruption Central Commission for Disciplinary Inspection accused Mr Sun of spreading rumours, fraud, theft, extravagance and immorality as well as allegiance to the party, superstition and negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19. “The conditions were particularly dire, the nature particularly bad, and the impact extremely bad,” the statement said.

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Mr. Surya is unreachable. Under China’s system, he or she will be represented by a lawyer once a legal trial begins.

Businesshala has reported a relationship between Mr. Sun and a high-ranking executive of Shenzhen Internet company Tencent Holdings. Ltd.

, who was detained for allegedly illegally sharing information from the firm’s WeChat social-media app.

The Journal has also reported that Mr Sun was involved in a Chinese government proposal to assist a former Malaysian prime minister, who was offering to monitor journalists for the Journal, for a troubled investment fund, 1MDB. Investigating the politician’s relationship.

The prosecution of senior Chinese officials on corruption charges has been a hallmark of Mr. Xi’s nearly nine years at the helm of the party. Some analysts say more such actions are possible next year before the party Congress in late 2022, where Mr. Xi is widely expected to have a third term as leader.

The details of the anti-corruption attacks are often unclear but have affected officials considered by many to be Mr. Xi’s rivals.

Now in his early 50s, Mr. Sun is among ousted officials who were once considered political loyalists of Mr. Xi. According to research conducted last year by University of Victoria Political Science professor Guoguang Wu, published in the China Leadership Monitor, his expulsion “signaled the forefront of a new wave of purges targeting those who once strengthened Xi.” helped to do so.”

In the report, Mr. Wu identified several other relatively young police officers who had similarly fallen from grace. According to Mr. Wu’s paper, “The repeated purging of the public security apparatus is indicative of the emergence of a new pattern in elite politics, characterized by constant purging.”

Mr Wu said on Thursday that a reference to Mr Sun’s allegations of participating in “cliks” potentially indicates that his problems are also related to the behavior of other officials.

James T. Areddy at [email protected]

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