China sentences former Cabinet minister – Joe McDonald
From AP, via The Globe and Mail:
A former Cabinet minister was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison on charges of taking more than $500,000 (U.S.) in bribes, in China’s highest-level corruption case since a deputy chairman of parliament was executed in 2001.
Tian Fengshan, former minister of land and resources, was convicted of taking $545,000 in bribes from 1995-2003 “while a servant of the nation,” the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court said in a ruling quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency. He escaped a more severe penalty because he confessed and “repented his crimes,” according to Xinhua.