China’s ex-minister Liu Zhijun sentenced to death for graft, power misuse

published on July 15, 2013

China’s former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun was on Monday given a suspended death sentence by a court here for corruption and abuse of power.

The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, which is conducting the trial, announced the stiff verdict handing down death sentence to 60-year-old Liu, state-run Xinhua news agency reported quoting verdict.

He was accused of accepting bribes to the tune of USD 10.53 million over 25 years.

“The combined punishment for Liu’s crimes is death penalty with a two-year reprieve, deprival of political rights for life, and confiscation of all personal property,” the court said.

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