China Official Gets Suspended Death Sentence for Graft

A former official with the Commerce Ministry was given a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes, including from Electronics, whose former chair Huang Guangyu was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison. From AFP:

A Beijing court convicted Guo Jingyi of taking 8.45 million yuan (1.24 million dollars) in bribes while serving in the ministry’s treaty and law department, the Legal Evening News said.

The 44-year-old graduate of Peking University was also convicted of taking 1.1 million yuan in bribes from GOME, China’s biggest electronics retailer, to help the company trade shares and avoid anti-monopoly probes, the paper said.

A death sentence with a two-year reprieve is usually commuted to life imprisonment.

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