February 21, 2024
China’s ex-justice minister sentenced to death over $16m corruption

China’s ex-justice minister sentenced to death over $16m corruption

Fu Zhenghua, a former justice minister of China who spearheaded multiple anti-corruption campaigns, was found guilty of taking more than $16 million in bribes and was given the death penalty.

 

In July, Fu admitted to accepting gifts and money totaling 117 million yuan, or $16.5 million, for his own benefit.

Fu was given a death sentence by a Changchun court on Thursday, which will be converted to life in prison after two years.

His sentence coincides with an unexpected crackdown on government figures before a crucial Communist Party convention the following month.

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According to Chinese media, a 67-year-old man was given a death sentence with a two-year parole period that will be reduced to life in prison without the option of bail.

China’s anti-graft agency revealed earlier this year that Fu had also been a member of a “political gang” of Sun Lijun, one of the most well-known members of the security apparatus to be targeted since Zhou’s conviction in 2015. This information was made public ahead of Fu’s court trial in the north-eastern city of Changchun.

 

China’s ex-justice minister sentenced to death over $16m corruption

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