[北京 ２２日 ロイター] – Chinese state media reported on the 22nd that Fu Zhenghua, a former justice minister and key public security officer, was sentenced to life in prison for accepting bribes. It is possible that the purge will escalate before the Communist Party Congress.
Fu was given a suspended death sentence. If there is no problem, the sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years. There is no possibility of parole.
He served as deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security and was appointed justice minister in 2018. He admitted taking more than 117 million yuan ($16.5 million) in bribes in July.
He is also said to have joined the “political group” of Sun Lijun, a former deputy public security minister who admitted his corruption.
Mr. Son was accused of not accepting the authority of President Xi Jinping. Mr. Son’s influence was so pervasive within the Communist Party that the authorities regarded him as a “cancer” that needed to be got rid of.
Three senior police officers from Shanghai, Chongqing and Shanxi provinces were also sentenced to prison on Monday for corruption. Like Mr. Fu, he belonged to Mr. Sun’s group and was criticized by Mr. Xi for his infidelity.