Chinese ex-minister gets death sentence for corruption

Reading Time: 1 minute
Liu Zhijun1
Former Chinese railway minister Liu Zhijun in better days

A court in Beijing has sentenced China’s former railway minister Liu Zhijun to death over charges of bribery and power abuse. The death sentence was given with a two-year reprieve, but he will spend at least 10 years in jail, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on July 8.

Liu, 60, was found guilty of taking at least $10.5 million in bribes between 1986 and 2011 and using his position to help 11 business associates win promotions or lucrative contracts. The court deprived Liu’s political right for life and confiscated all his personal property.

As minister, Liu was driving the modernisation of China’s railway system, a project that included building 10,000 miles of high-speed rail track by 2020 at a budget of $255 billion. He has been placed under investigation since 2011 over allegations of corruption.

According to Chinese media, the volume of bribes taken as per the existing evidence might be just a fraction of Liu’s malfeasance. He is said to have owned accounts filled with “millions” in hard currency such as euros, US dollars and Hong Kong dollars, as well as “16 cars and more than 350 apartments.” His wealth reportedly attracted at least “18 mistresses, including actresses, nurses and female train crew.”

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid

Reading Time: 1 minute

Former Chinese railway minister Liu Zhijun in better days

A court in Beijing has sentenced China’s former railway minister Liu Zhijun to death over charges of bribery and power abuse. The death sentence was given with a two-year reprieve, but he will spend at least 10 years in jail, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on July 8.

Reading Time: 1 minute

Liu Zhijun1
Former Chinese railway minister Liu Zhijun in better days

A court in Beijing has sentenced China’s former railway minister Liu Zhijun to death over charges of bribery and power abuse. The death sentence was given with a two-year reprieve, but he will spend at least 10 years in jail, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on July 8.

Liu, 60, was found guilty of taking at least $10.5 million in bribes between 1986 and 2011 and using his position to help 11 business associates win promotions or lucrative contracts. The court deprived Liu’s political right for life and confiscated all his personal property.

As minister, Liu was driving the modernisation of China’s railway system, a project that included building 10,000 miles of high-speed rail track by 2020 at a budget of $255 billion. He has been placed under investigation since 2011 over allegations of corruption.

According to Chinese media, the volume of bribes taken as per the existing evidence might be just a fraction of Liu’s malfeasance. He is said to have owned accounts filled with “millions” in hard currency such as euros, US dollars and Hong Kong dollars, as well as “16 cars and more than 350 apartments.” His wealth reportedly attracted at least “18 mistresses, including actresses, nurses and female train crew.”

Do you like this post?
  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid