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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  1. Ganesh Reply

    July 15, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I didn’t know that there is people’s court in China. In India people’s court means elections.BTW 10.5Million USD in the Indian corruption scene is an insult to the politician.

  2. RAJAGOPAL Reply

    July 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Can this happen in India? Even no jail sentences to some highly corrupt politicians and cases linger on in COURTS ; ATLEAST the recent Judgement of supreme court about non-eligibility for contesting for elections by the tainted politicians is a small step towards corruption eradication ; while stern punishment (not necessarily death)is the ultimate step to curb corruption. Only corrupt-free countries like CHINA be called DEVELOPED COUNTRIES while INDIA is always stamped as UNDER-DEVELOPING COUNTRY; India gradually is reverse-mode of development because of Political over-activism.

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