BEIJING (dpa) – A former vice minister tasked with steering China’s economy was sentenced to life in prison for bribery Wednesday, the latest official be convicted in Beijing’s anti-corruption drive.
The Langfang Intermediate People’s Court in northern China’s Hebei Province ruled that Liu Tienan had accepted bribes of 35.58 million yuan (5.8 million US dollars) from 2002 to 2012, personally or through his son, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Liu, the former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration, was also found guilty of abuse of power by securing profits for four companies he was associated with.
The court said in a statement posted on its website that Liu’s personal property and wealth would be confiscated and that all dirty money amassed by Liu had been returned to the state.
Liu, 61, showed remorse during the trial that closed in September, the court said.
Liu is one of only a handful of senior officials to come under investigation on suspicion of graft.
The deputy director of the energy administration, Wei Pengyuan, was detained earlier this year on corruption charges.
China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been expelled from the Communist Party and will face prosecution, Xinhua reported last week.
Zhou is the biggest target so far in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s effort to weed out corruption among party officials and other government workers.