Former Chinese Justice Minister sentenced to death

WALL – Former Minister of Justice Fu Cinghua in China was sentenced to death in the case where he was tried on charges of “bribery” and “misconduct”.

According to the news of Anadolu Agency, In the case before the Intermediate People’s Court in Changchun city, central Jilin province, Fu was charged with taking bribes of 117 million yuan (approximately $14.9 million) through him and his relatives while serving as the Ministry of Justice, Beijing Public Security Bureau Director and Deputy Minister of Public Security.

Convicted of “bribery” and “abuse of power”, the former minister and police chief was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension.

In the decision, it was noted that “Fu used his official position and authority to benefit others in business activities, official appointments and judicial cases, and thus gained unfair advantage.”

Fu, 67, who served as Minister of Justice and a member of the Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee prior to his appointment as a member of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of China in May 2020, was detained last year as part of an investigation into senior police and judiciary members. Fu was expelled from the Communist Party in March.

In the statement made by the Communist Party’s Central Disciplinary Investigation Commission, the accusations were made that Fu “abandoned all his ideals and beliefs, never remained loyal to the party and the people, and abandoned the party spirit and principles”.

The case against the former Minister of Justice and the police chief was opened on 11 July. Fu admitted to all charges against him at the hearing held on July 29.

Three former police chiefs, who were detained in the same investigation as Fu, were sentenced to prison on the same charges in cases held in different cities of Hibey province yesterday.

Former Shanghai Police Chief Gong Daoan (58) was sentenced to life imprisonment, former Chongqing Police Chief Ding Huilin (57) was sentenced to 15 years, and former Shaanshi Police Chief Liu Shinyun (60) was sentenced to 14 years.

The police chiefs were accused of forming a faction led by former Deputy Minister of Public Security Sun Licun, who was expelled from the Communist Party on corruption charges last year.

Former Minister of Justice Fu Cinghua, former Head of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ministry of State Security responsible for intelligence Liu Yanping, and former Liaoning Deputy Chief of Police Vang Liki were also detained in the investigation into senior police, intelligence and judicial officials.

The trials were concluded ahead of the Communist Party’s 20th National Congress next month.