Former Justice Minister Given Suspended Death Sentence
What’s new: Former justice minister Fu Zhenghua has been handed a suspended death sentence on Thursday for accepting bribes and bending the law for personal gains, state media reported. Fu was given the death penalty with a two-year reprieve which will see the 67-year-old serve a lifetime jail sentence if he does not commit a crime during the initial two-year period. Authorities emphasized that even after the two years, Fu will not be able commute the sentence or seek parole.
An intermediate court in Changchun in the northeastern province of Jilin convicted Fu for accepting more than 117 million yuan ($16.5 million) in bribes directly or through relatives between 2005 and 2021. In exchange, Fu abused his power to create favorable conditions in business operations, job placements and case handling, during his past positions as public security deputy minister, Beijing’s police chief, and deputy director of the social and legal committee of the national political advisory body, Xinhua reported (link in Chinese).
The court also said Fu concealed information regarding his younger brother Fu Weihua’s alleged “serious crimes” between 2014 and 2015 while serving director of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, resulting in his brother’s delayed prosecution.
The background: Fu is the fourth ex-official connected to the political gang of former Public Security Vice Minister Sun Lijun to be sentenced this week, following the convictions of Shanxi’s former public security bureau chief Liu Xinyun, Shanghai’s ex-police chief Gong Daoan, and Chongqing’s former top cop Deng Huilin.
Fu pled guilty late July of bribery charges during a public trial at the Changchun court.
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