China’s former justice minister, Fu Zhenghua, has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting bribes, state media said on Thursday.
Fu’s death sentence will be commuted to a life imprisonment after two years, with no possibility of parole, state media added.
Sixty-seven-year-old Fu — who led several high-profile probes and crackdowns into corruption — admitted to taking bribes exceeding 117 million yuan (€16.5 million, 16.3 million).
He pleaded guilty to abusing his power while serving in various government roles, including chief of police for the capital, Beijing, from 2005-21. According to state television, the ex-minister was attempting to hide crimes committed by his brother and other associates.
Xi’s anti-corruption campaign
A long-running anti-corruption crusade has been in place since Xi became the Communist Party’s secretary general in 2012.
On Wednesday, three ex-chiefs of police of Shanghai, Chongqing and Shanxi province were also sentenced to years of prison time — including one for life — for corruption.
dvv/es (AP, Reuters)