A provincial court said on Friday that a former Chinese deputy minister of public security had been sentenced to life in prison for receiving huge bribes, endangering the unity of the Communist party in power, and “deserting” his position during China’s initial campaign against Covid-19.
According to a report from the official news agency Xinhua on Friday, Sun Lijun, 53, was given a suspended death sentence that would be converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole after two years.
With just weeks remaining until the Communist party congress, where President Xi Jinping is anticipated to win a historic third term, this is the second high-profile sentencing in two days and is a part of a spate of indictments this month.
Sun admitted to taking more than 646 million yuan ($91 million) in bribes in July, according to the court, and was found guilty of abusing his power in a number of high-profile roles between 2001 and 2020.
He and the “venomous” influence of his “political clique” were condemned by China’s public security ministry in January.