Death penalty commuted to life for China’s ex-security chief

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Former deputy security minister Sun Lijun received 646 million yuan ($91m) in bribes between 2001 and 2020.

China’s former vice minister of public security Sun Lijun has been given a suspended death sentence after being found guilty of taking tens of millions in bribes, manipulating the stock market, and possessing weapons illegally.

The sentencing and severe penalty for the former deputy minister comes ahead of a meeting of the ruling Communist Party of China next month at which President Xi Jinping is expected to try to break with tradition and award himself a third five-year term as leader.