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 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.

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December 27, 2005 9:54 AM
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