Beijing: A former Chinese vice public security minister accused of accepting 646 million yuan bribes has been sentenced to death just weeks ahead of a crucial Communist Party reshuffle on October 16 .
Former Vice Minister Sun Lijun was stripped of all political rights and all of his personal property was confiscated, according to Global Times. The crime of accepting the bribes rewarded Sun from the death sentence with a two-year reprieve. And after completing that, his sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment, without the possibility of commutation or parole, according to Global Times citing a court ruling.
He was also sentenced to eight years in prison for manipulation of the stock market and a fine of 1 million yuan, in addition to an additional five years for illegal possession of firearms. The court therefore decided to impose the death sentence with a two-year reprieve.
From 2001 to April 2020, Sun used influence accumulated during previous positions to seek gain for others and illegally accepted money and property worth 646 million yuan.
In the first half of 2018, Sun manipulated related people into engaging in stock trades, helping some people avoid losses of 145 million yuan.
It was also discovered that Sun illegally possessed two firearms, the Global Times reported.
A similar incident was reported on Wednesday where three former police chiefs accused of accepting bribes were punished.
Gong Daoan, former vice mayor of the Shanghai government and former director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, was sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes of approximately 73.4 million yuan ( $10.4 million), by the Tangshan Intermediate People’s Court, Hebei Province.
The court also stripped Gong of his political rights for life and confiscated all of his personal property, and his illegal earnings will be handed over to the state treasury, China Daily reported.
In a separate case, Deng Huilin, a former vice mayor of the Chongqing municipal government and former head of the Chongqing Public Security Bureau, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting bribes of around 42 .7 million yuan by Baoding Intermediate People’s Court in Hebei.
The court also fined him 4 million yuan and Deng’s illegal earnings will be handed over to the state treasury, China Daily reported.
Separately, Liu Xinyun, former vice governor and police chief of Shanxi province, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after a court in Hebei province combined the sentences of his convictions related to the corruption.
The Intermediate People’s Court in Langfang, Hebei, sentenced Liu to 12 years in prison for the crime of corruption, with a fine of 1 million yuan, and also gave him another four-year prison term for abuse of power. In combination, the prison term is 14 years, China Daily reported.
Gong Daoan, Deng Huilin and Liu Xinyun were convicted of bribery over allegations of disloyalty to President Xi Jinping
The trials took place just three weeks before the ruling Communist Party’s national congress on October 16, during which Xi is expected to extend his rule for the third time.
Since coming to power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has launched a series of campaigns nominally about fighting corruption, but aimed at eliminating political opponents and establishing his political prestige. (ANI)