Senior official sentenced to suspended death
Updated: 2005-12-15 19:14
Han Guizhi, former chairwoman of the Heilongjiang Provincial Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was sentenced to
death with a two-year reprieve Thursday.
The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court passed the verdict at the first
instance for Han's crimes in accepting huge bribes.
Han Guizhi. [Xinhua
The public trial of
Han started at the Beijing court Tuesday.
Han is being charged for accepting bribes of more than 7 million yuan (about
US$875,000), taking advantage of her posts from 1999 to 2003.
All the illicit money and goods have been recovered.
The court confirmed Han had taken bribes from Ma De, former secretary of
the municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Suihua City,
Ma was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting bribes at
Beijing No.2 Intermediate People's Court in July.
Together with Ma, Wang Shenyi, former deputy secretary of the municipal
committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Suihua City, was sentenced 15
years in prison for taking bribes.
Han was stripped of all her political positions last year upon the
issuing of the charges against her. In April, Han's case was transferred from
Heilongjiang to Beijing.
Han had acted as deputy head of the Organization Department of the CPC
Heilongjiang Provincial Committee, deputy secretary of the CPC Heilongjiang
Provincial Committee and a member of the CPPCC National Committee.
She was expelled from the Party in October last year.