Ex-Beijing Official Gets Death Sentence, Reprieve
A former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic construction projects has been given a death sentence for corruption, a court clerk and his lawyer said Sunday.
The Intermediate People’s Court in Hengshui, a city outside Beijing, ordered the death sentence Saturday after finding Liu Zhihua guilty of taking bribes, said a court clerk who would only give his surname, Ma.
However, the sentence was “suspended” for two years, Ma said. The reprieve means if Liu shows good behavior his sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment.
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