NOS News•today, 09:23•Amended today, 09:58
China has sentenced former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua to a suspended death sentence. The former minister is said to have taken bribes and helped criminals, Chinese state television reported.
Fu has confessed to abusing his positions as minister and chief of police in Beijing and covering up criminal activities from his brother and others, according to state television. It is not known what his brother was accused of. Fu also admitted to accepting bribes worth 17 million yuan ($16.50 million).
Suspended death sentences in China are almost always commuted to long prison terms. According to state television, Fu will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years with no chance of parole.
Tough action against corruption
The former minister’s conviction is part of a series of convictions against senior officials for corruption. Since Xi Jinping took office at the end of 2012, China has been taking strong action against this.
Fu was chief of police in Beijing from 2010 to 2013 and Deputy Minister of Public Security from 2013 to 2018. His last post in public administration was Minister of Justice, between 2018 and 2020. Since October 2021, he has been under investigation over corruption charges. Fu was banned from holding public office since March this year and was then also expelled from the Chinese Communist Party.