China sentences former justice minister to death

A Chinese court sentenced former justice minister Fu Zhenghua to a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes.

The Intermediate People’s Court of Changchun City, Jilin Province, today sentenced former Chinese justice minister Fu Zhenghua, 67 years old, to suspended death, for accepting bribes and abuse of power. People’s Daily news.

With a suspended death sentence, prisoners will be suspended for 2 years. If there are no offenses during this time, the sentence will be reduced to life in prison.

At the trial on July 28, Mr. Fu admitted to accepting bribes totaling more than 117 million yuan ($16.5 million).

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Vice Zhenghua during the trial at the Intermediate People’s Court of Changchun City, Jilin, China, on July 28. Image: CCTV.

Chinese authorities in late March announced the expulsion of Fu for “serious violations of party discipline and national law”, following an investigation into his misconduct that began last October.

The investigation found that Fu “completely betrayed ideals and beliefs, was never truly loyal to the party and the people, displayed extremely arrogant political ambitions, and tried to achieve personal political goals.” unethically”.

The deputy served as deputy minister of public security before becoming justice minister in 2018. He led a number of investigations into high-ranking officials, including the former minister of public security and standing commissioner. Chinese Politburo Zhou Yongkang. Zhou received a life sentence in 2015 in a closed-door trial on charges of accepting bribes, abuse of power and “deliberately disclosing state secrets”.

At the time of the investigation, Fu was deputy director of the legal and social affairs committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

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