Former Chinese Minister of Justice Sentenced To Death for Taking Bribes Worth $16 Million

23rd Sep 2022

Intermediate People's court of Changchun in North East Jilin Province, China has sentenced former minister of justice Fu Zhenghua to death after he was found guilty of corruption and taking bribes worth $16 Million. However he received death with a two year reprieve with consideration that Fu had confessed to all his crimes and pled guilty during the investigation, provided clues for important cases and had been cooperative in returning his illegal gains, according to the court.

Fu, who was a minister of justice between March 2018 and April 2020 was found guilty of using his position to bend the law to his advantage.

From 2014 to 2015, Fu concealed evidence involving suspected serious crime by his brother Fu Weihua, when he served as head of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. This concealment allowed Fu Weihua to avoid prosecution for a long time, according to the court.

The court said after the two-year reprieve for his death sentence, Wang's sentence could be commuted to life in prison in accordance with the law, but no further reduction or parole shall be granted.

Fu was deprived of his political rights for life, and all his personal property was confiscated.