Former Chinese minister of justice sentenced to life in prison for corruption

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One of China’s most powerful police commanders and former justice minister Fu Zhenghua was given a life sentence for receiving bribes.

According to China Central Television, 67-year-old Fu admitted abusing his power to cover up crimes perpetrated by his brother and others while serving as Beijing’s minister and police director between 2005 and 2021.

In July, the official China Daily newspaper reported that Fu had been given money and properties totaling 117 million yuan ($16.5 million). In the article from Thursday or earlier news reports, there was no information concerning the alleged activities against Fu’s brother, Fu Weihua.

On Thursday, September 22, he was given a suspended death sentence with no prospect of parole, which will be altered to life in prison after two years, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Fu Zhenghua, who handled a well-known corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang, had previously served as the head of the Beijing Municipality’s public security bureau.

This comes after three former regional police chiefs who were all accused of undermining President Xi Jinping and being a part of a “political clique” led by the late Sun Lijun were found guilty of corruption on Wednesday.

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