Beijing: The former minister of state who was in charge of the public security department in China has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a corruption case.
Former minister Sun Lijun, 53, was found guilty on charges of embezzling $91 million, undermining the ruling Communist Party’s unity and abstention during the fight against Covid-19. In 2017, Lijun oversaw the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Lijun was also part of the team sent to Wuhan in 2020 to oversee measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
The provincial sentencing court said Lijun was found to have made money by abusing his position between 2001 and 2020.
A number of former officials have been caught up in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign ahead of the Chinese Communist Party Congress.