A former justice minister admitted accepting bribes totaling over 17.3 million dollars.

Reuters cited the trial of Fu Zhenghua, 67, started on July 28, at the Changchun Intermediate Court in Jilin province, after three months of arrest on suspicion of taking bribes and “bending the law for personal gain.” 

According to the court’s statement, Fu admitted what he had done and showed regret.

The court stated: “The bribery part of the trial was open to the public; the part of the trial on favoritism and bending the law was closed following the law because it involved state secrets.” 

According to the court, during the trial, state prosecutors accused Fu of using his authority as then-director of Beijing’s public security bureau between 2014 and 2015 to cover up alleged crimes committed by his brother.

Once a rising law enforcement star, Fu was expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and from his post for violating party discipline and rules in March.

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