A former minister of Justice in China, Fu Zhenghua has been handed a suspended death sentence that will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years for taking bribes worth more than 117 million yuan ($16.5 million) and bending the law for personal gains.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Zhenghua was convicted of accepting US$16.5 million in bribes.
His corruption dates back to 2005 when he was deputy director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. He and his family were accused of taking bribes until he was detained by graft-busters in 2021.
In July, Zhenghua admitted accepting inducements exceeding US$16.5 million.
Ahead of Zhenghua ‘s court trial in the north-eastern city of Changchun, China’s anti-corruption watchdog determined earlier in 2022 that the septuagenarian had also been part of a “political gang” of Sun Lijun — one of the most prominent officials from the security apparatus to be targeted since Zhou Yongkang, former Minister of Land and Resources of China’s conviction in 2015.