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    A former top political adviser in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for accepting bribes, local media reported Tuesday, citing a court ruling.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to China Central Television (CCTV), Li Chongxi either personally or through his wife, accepted assets estimated at about 11.1 million yuan ($1.75 million) between May 2006 and August 2012.

    He was reportedly granted leniency by the court for admitting to most of the criminal offenses as well as for voluntarily turning over the illicit funds.

    The 64-year-old was expelled from the Chinese ruling Communist Party in September 2014.

    On April 17, he was indicted on graft charges. Shortly afterward, legal proceedings were initiated at Nanchang Municipal Intermediate People's Court.

    Li was a top aide to the country’s now imprisoned security chief Zhou Yongkang. The latter was sentenced for life in prison for abuse of power, bribery and leaking state secrets in June.

    After assuming office in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a large-scale campaign against corruption, targeting primarily high-level officials in the Communist Party, the armed forces and state-run enterprises.


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