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Chinese official gets suspended death sentence for taking bribes

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Beijing, Feb 28: A former party chief of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Guangdong province was sentenced to death with a two year reprieve on Friday for taking bribes. This means the sentence could be reduced to a life term.

Zhou Zhenhong, former chief of the United Front Work Department, CPC of Guangdong provincial committee, took bribes worth more than 24.6 million yuan ($4.3 million) between 2002 and 2011, Xinhua reported citing the Xinyang Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province.

The court also ruled that Zhou could not provide a proper explanation for other assets worth more than 37 million yuan.

The money has been recovered, and the court ordered the confiscation of all of Zhou’s personal properties.

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