China ex-rail boss gets suspended death for graft
In this image made from China Central Television video, former Chinese Railways Minister Liu Zhijun attends his sentencing at a courtroom at Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing Monday, July 8, 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency said Liu was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by a court in Beijing on Monday. Such sentences usually are commuted to life in prison with good behavior. Liu, 60, who oversaw the ministry's high-profile bullet train development, was accused of taking massive bribes and steering lucrative projects to associates. Chinese characters at bottom reads "Former Railway Minister Liu Zhijun sentencing," "Taking bribes and abuse of power sentenced to suspended death sentence." (AP Photo/CCTV via AP Video) CHINA OUT, TV OUT
Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:00 am
BEIJING (AP) - China's former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence Monday that will likely be commuted to life imprisonment for bribery and abuse of power in one of the country's highest-profile corruption cases in years.
Liu's sentence is seen as lenient in a country where the death penalty is meted out even for economic crimes like tax evasion, and likely reflects the Communist Party leadership's desire to not antagonize ruling party factions that might face similar charges.
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