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China official gets suspended death sentence for graft

Published on Feb 28, 2014 4:00 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A high-ranking Chinese regional official was given a suspended death sentence for corruption on Friday, a court announced, the latest showcase in the country's anti-graft campaign.

Zhou Zhenhong, 56, formerly chief of the United Front Work Department (UFWD) in the southern province of Guangdong, was convicted of taking more than 24.6 million yuan (S$5.1 million) in bribes between 2002 and 2011, the high court of Henan in central China said in a statement.

He was condemned to death with a two-year reprieve, a penalty normally commuted to life imprisonment.

Zhou was also found guilty of possessing unexplained assets valued at more than 37 million yuan, the statement said.

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