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China’s former vice-minister of police sentenced to life for accepting $91mn in bribes

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BEIJING: A former Chinese language deputy public safety minister condemned earlier for damaging the ruling Communist celebration’s unity, taking massive bribes and “deserting” his submit throughout China’s preliminary struggle towards Covid-19, has been jailed for all times, a provincial court docket introduced on Friday.Solar Lijun, 53, was handed a suspended dying sentence that will probably be commuted to a life in jail after two years with none risk of parole, official information company, Xinhua, stated in a report on Friday.Solar had overseen the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2017 and was additionally a part of the workforce of officers initially dispatched to the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan to oversee the containment of the Covid-19 virus in early 2020.That is the second high-profile sentencing in two days and a part of a flurry of indictments this month as President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft marketing campaign nets former prime officers simply weeks forward of the Communist celebration congress the place he’s anticipated to safe an unprecedented third time period.The court docket stated Solar had abused his energy in plenty of influential positions between 2001 and 2020, and pleaded responsible in July to accepting greater than 646 million yuan ($91 million) in bribes.China’s public safety ministry denounced him and the “venomous” affect of his “political clique” in January.A state media report revealed final yr stated he had deserted his submit through the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan.“The investigation discovered that on the frontline of preventing the Covid-19 epidemic, Solar abandoned his submit. He additionally possessed confidential supplies with out authorisation and engaged in superstitious actions for a very long time,” the report stated.Investigators additionally stated Solar had “…by no means stayed true to the celebration’s beliefs and religion, displayed extraordinarily inflated political ambition and really poor political integrity, issued groundless criticisms of the celebration’s insurance policies, and unfold political rumours”.Tangshan incident sentencingThe major suspect within the brutal beating of 4 girls at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan in northern China’s Hebei province in June was sentenced to 24 years in jail and fined 320,000 yuan ($45,215) by an area court docket on Friday.Footage of the boys assaulting the ladies after one in all them rejected advances of the primary suspect was extensively shared on-line, sparking outrage country-wide outrage.In all, 28 individuals associated to the incident have been arrested by the tip of final month.The remaining 27 defendants have been sentenced from six months to 11 years in jail.“Chen Jizhi, the prime wrongdoer and different 5 defendants will correspondingly compensate the 4 victims for prices incurred for medical remedy, nursing, meals subsidies, transportation and different losses,” state-run tabloid, World Occasions reported citing the court docket’s order.


Sutirtho Patranobis has been in Beijing since 2012, as Hindustan Occasions’ China correspondent. He was beforehand posted in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the place he lined the ultimate part of the civil battle and its aftermath. Patranobis lined a number of beats together with well being and nationwide politics in Delhi earlier than being posted overseas.
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