September 24, 2022

The latest strong crime buster of repute to fall not to assasins bullet nor organised auto-accident but for committing the very crime he spent his professional life fighting is Fu Zhenghua, China’s former Minister of Justice.

Last Thursday Fu was handed a suspended death sentence that will be commuted to life imprisonment after two years, with no possibility of parole, for taking bribes worth more than 16.76 million U.S. dollars and bending the law for personal gains. He was deprived of political rights for life and all his properties were also confiscated.

What happened that things raced down the hill so fast for Fu that in less than ten months, he has gone from suspicion to conviction? Trust the Chinese legal system.

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced on October 2, 2021 that it was investigating Fu for “serious violations of discipline and national laws”. On October 27, he was dismissed from public office and was removed from membership of China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

On March 31, 2022, he was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and dismissed from public office. On April 21, he was arrested by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. On July 28, he stood trial at the Intermediate People’s Court of Changchun on charges of bribe-taking and bending the law for personal gain. Prosecutors accused Fu of taking advantage of his official authority or position to seek gains for others regarding business operations, official positions and legal cases, in return for which he illegally accepted money and gifts worth 16 million U.S. dollars either by himself or through some of his close relatives. On September 22, 2022 he was convicted. Sharp sharp!

He is a guy who started his carrer in the Beijing police (Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau) as an investigator. He took part in solving a number of high profile cases, and known for taking hard lines on penalty for crime.

Fu (67) rose through professional and political ranks mainly in crime fighting up till he became Minister of Justice in 2018, a post he held until May 19, 2020, when he became a member of the Social and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Unfortunately for Fu, he lives in a land where justice process is fast and a convict of his type has no second chance.

Source of information: wikipedia

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