China’s former justice minister Fu Zhenghua jailed for life for accepting bribes

An ex-minister of justice in China was found guilty of accepting bribes and aiding criminals, including his brother, in committing crimes, and was given a death sentence with a two-year remission.

According to China Central Television, 67-year-old Fu, who was previously one of China’s most prominent police officials, admitted using his position as minister and head of police for Beijing between 2005 and 2021 to cover up crimes committed by his brother and others.

The official China Daily newspaper stated in July that Fu was given 117 million yuan ($16.5 million) in cash and assets as payment. There were no specifics provided in Thursday’s report or earlier news reports regarding what Fu Weihua, Fu’s brother, was charged with.


With no possibility of parole, he was handed a suspended death sentence that will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Thursday September 22. 

Fu Zhenghua, who was in charge of a high-profile corruption investigation into Zhou Yongkang, had also served as the head of the Beijing municipal public security bureau.

This follows the imprisonment of three former regional police chiefs for corruption on Wednesday, all accused of disloyalty to President Xi Jinping and being part of a “political clique” led by former public security vice-minister Sun Lijun.

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