Senior Chinese police officer condemned for graft

An assistant public security minister who led China`s economic crimes investigation unit was given a suspended death sentence today for taking more than USD 1 million in bribes and abusing his position, state media said.

Beijing: An assistant public security
minister who led China`s economic crimes investigation unit
was given a suspended death sentence today for taking more
than USD 1 million in bribes and abusing his position, state
media said.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Zheng Shaodong was
sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve by the Xi`an
Intermediate Court. Such penalties are usually commuted to
life in prison.

Earlier state media reports linked Zheng`s case to a
corruption probe centered on Huang Guangyu, an appliances
tycoon who was once China`s richest businessman. Huang was
sentenced earlier this year to 14 years in prison for insider
trading, bribery and other crimes.

Accusations of bribery, tax evasion and the collusion of
corrupt officials in financial abuses are common in China.

The Xinhua report did not mention Huang or give specifics
of Zheng`s case. It said only that he "abused his various
positions and accepted bribes worth more than USD1.04 million"
between 2001 and 2007.

The China Daily newspaper reported in July that Zheng
allegedly sought personal gain by using his authority to help
others looking for job promotions or employment and offered
favors to people involved in criminal investigations.

Zheng directed the Economic Crimes Investigation Bureau
under the Ministry of Public Security from 2001 to 2005 and
became an assistant public security minister in 2005, Xinhua
said.

A woman with the Ministry of Public Security`s press
office who refused to give her name said her department had no
comment and referred calls to the Xi`an court, where the phone
rang unanswered.

The Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported that
Zheng was one of three assistant public security ministers who
concurrently worked for former public security minister Zhou
Yongkang. Zhou was promoted in 2007 to the Politburo Standing
Committee, the country`s most powerful body, and his minister
position was filled by Meng Jianzhu.

PTI

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