China: Teen sex scandal Communist official jailed

Lei Zhengfu has been jailed for 13 years. Picture: AP

Lei Zhengfu has been jailed for 13 years. Picture: AP

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A FORMER regional Communist Party official implicated in a sex scandal that has transfixed China was sentenced yesterday to 13 years in jail for bribery.

Government news agency Xinhua reported the prison term for Lei Zhengfu, a former secretary of a region in the city of Chongqing, in south-western China. He was caught on video having sex with an 18-year-old mistress. The clip spread fast on China’s gossip-obsessed internet when it surfaced last November.

The encounter turned out to be a sting operation by a property developer hoping to blackmail Lei, 55, Chinese media ­reported.

Lei was fired, then charged last month with corruption, which carries a maximum penalty of death. He was fined 300,000 yuan (£32,000).

Also last month a Chongqing court charged six people with working together to blackmail government officials by videoing them having sex.

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