Former Minister of Justice is sentenced to death

Former Minister of Justice is sentenced to death

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full screen China’s former Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua in court in Changchun, where the sentence against him was read out. The picture comes from the state television, where this was shown. Photo: CCTV via AP/TT

China’s former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua is on trial for corruption, one of a string of politicians and top officials to fall under similar charges since President Xi Jinping took office in 2012.

Fu is sentenced to death, albeit with a kind of probation where the sentence can be converted to life imprisonment if he is deemed to have improved.

The 67-year-old was China’s Minister of Justice between 2018 and 2020. He has previously and later held various high positions within the country’s security apparatus, including as chief of police in Beijing.

In October last year, the all-powerful Communist Party’s internal investigator announced that Fu Zhenghua was being investigated for serious wrongdoing. In March this year, he was expelled from the party and forced to leave all his offices.

It was later announced that Fu pleaded guilty. He is convicted of accepting bribes and abusing his position of power by covering up crimes committed by, among others, his brother, the controlled Chinese state media reports.