Former Chinese Justice Minister Convicted of Corruption

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BEIJING (TNZT) – A former Chinese justice minister has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on charges of taking bribes and helping criminals, including his brother, hide illegal activities, state television reported Thursday.

Fu Zhenghua’s conviction adds to a string of senior officials who have been punished for corruption in a lengthy crackdown launched after President Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012.

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Fu, 67, pleaded guilty to abusing his powers in positions as minister and chief of police in the Chinese capital Beijing, in 2005-21 to cover up the crimes committed by his brother and others, China Central Television said on its website.

In return, Fu received money and property worth 117 million yuan ($16.5 million), the official China Daily newspaper reported in July. Thursday’s report and previous news reports did not provide details on what Fu’s brother, Fu Weihua, was accused of.

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Deferred death sentences are usually commuted to long prison terms if the convict is deemed to have reformed.

Fu will be sentenced to life without parole if his sentence is commuted, CCTV said.

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