Former China Railway Minister Gets Suspended Death Sentence

Created: 2013-07-08 09:39 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific

China on Monday (July 8) gave former railways minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence, for bribery and abuse of power.

The case is seen as a test of President Xi Jinping's resolve, to crack down on pervasive graft.

Liu was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve at Beijing's No.2 Intermediate People's Court.

This is Liu standing in court. He was handcuffed after the chief judge announced the verdict.

Liu was formally charged in April with abuse of power, taking bribes and malpractice—conduct that led to "huge losses" of public assets.

His trial began at a Beijing courthouse under heavy security in early June.

Liu was sacked in February last year and later expelled from the Communist Party.

He had successfully resisted a merger with the Ministry of Transport six years ago, but in March the regime announced the two ministries would be merged.