According to local media, Fu Zhenghua, China’s former justice minister and top public security officer, was on Thursday given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve for corruption and abuse of authority.
According to Chinese media, the order was issued by the Intermediate People’s court in Changchun, the capital of the province of Jilin. Fu has previously held the positions of vice-minister of public security, minister of justice, and director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Prosecutors claim that Fu unlawfully collected gifts and payments totaling 117 million yuan (USD 7.3 million) either personally or via his family members in exchange for others’ advantages in commercial transactions, official positions, and legal issues.
In the past, one of China’s top financial officials was detained on charges of accepting bribes and misusing his position, according to a statement released by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China.
Supreme People’s Procuratorate has detained Cai Esheng, a former senior government employee at China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), on suspicion of corruption.