China Jails Former Justice Minister For Life For Corruption

Former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua is escorted by judicial police (CCTV via AP)

A former Minister of Justice of China was sentenced to death penalty with a two-year extension accept bribes and help criminalsincluding his brother, to conceal illicit activities, state television reported Thursday.

The extended death sentences are often exchanged for life sentences if the convict is considered to have reformed, but without the possibility of parole.

The sentence to Fu Zheng Hua it joins those issued against other high officials who were punished for corruption within the long repression that began after the arrival of the president, Xi Jinping, to power at the end of 2012, and comes just three weeks before a key political meeting in which President Xi Jinping is expected to secure an unprecedented third term.

Fu, 67 years old, pleaded guilty to abusing his power as a minister or police chief of the capital Beijing between 2005 and 2021 to hide crimes committed by his brother and others, he said China Central Television on your website.

In return, Fu received money and property worth 117 million yuan ($16.5 million)reported the official newspaper ChinaDaily in July. Thursday’s report and previous news did not provide details of the charges against Fu’s brother, Fu Weihua.

Fu Zhenghua, then police chief in Beijing (Reuters/file)
Fu Zhenghua, then police chief in Beijing (Reuters / file) (CHINA STRINGER NETWORK /)

The court said the former politician “(is) deprived of his political rights for life and all his personal property must be confiscated.”

During his tenure as Beijing’s top police officer, Fu is believed to have led the investigation into the corruption of Zhou Yongkang, the former security chief who was jailed in 2015 in one of the high-profile cases of the anti-corruption campaign. .

Fu was a member of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission and Minister of Justice before going into semi-retirement in May 2020.

He was serving as deputy director of the social and legal affairs commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) standing committee – a largely ceremonial consultative body – when anti-corruption authorities launched an investigation into his efforts last October. .

More than a million civil servants have been punished in the framework of the anti-corruption campaignwhich critics say has also served to eliminate Xi’s political enemies since he came to power in 2013.

The Chinese leader has accelerated the pace of the anti-corruption campaign ahead of the party congress in mid-October.

Xi Jinping in Congress in 2018 (Reuters)
Xi Jinping in Congress in 2018 (Reuters) (THOMAS PETER/)

Three former police chiefs, all accused of bribery, received harsh sentences for corruption on Wednesday. Gong Daoan, former Shanghai police chief; Deng Huilin, former Chongqing police chief; and Liu Xinyun, a former police chief of coal-rich Shanxi province, were sentenced in separate courts in Hebei province.

Gong, a former deputy mayor and director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes worth 73.43 million yuan ($10.4 million), state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Deng, a former director of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, was jailed for 15 years for accepting 42.67 million yuan ($6 million) in bribes, according to the CCTV.

Liu, a former high-ranking police officer in Shanxi, was jailed for 14 years for taking bribes worth 13.33 million ($1.9 million), CCTV reported.

(With information from AFP and AP)

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