These high-profile convictions are part of a larger anti-corruption effort and come just three weeks before a leadership conference at which President Xi Jinping is widely expected to earn a historic third term in office.
A Chinese court has given China’s former minister of justice life in jail with a suspended death sentence for corruption and “bending the law.”
The Changchun Intermediate People’s Court announced Thursday that Fu Zhenghua’s death sentence will be reduced to that of life in prison after a two-year respite.
The court found that Fu, a former politician, had abused his power between 2005 and 2021.
It said, “(He is) permanently stripped of his political rights, and all of his possessions should be seized.”
The court found that Fu, then aged 67, had accepted bribes totaling more than $16.5 million.
The court found that between 2014 and 2015, when Fu was the head of the Beijing Public Security Bureau, he withheld evidence of crimes allegedly committed by his brother, Fu Weihua, and did not manage the matter properly.
It is believed that while serving as Beijing’s top cop, Fu oversaw the investigation of former security head Zhou Yongkang, who was convicted of corruption and sentenced to prison in 2015 as part of the anti-graft campaign’s most high-profile case.
Prior to his semi-retirement in May of 2020, Fu served as a member of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission and minister of justice.
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