The Supreme Procuratorate of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) disclosed more details of Ren Runhou’s bribery case at a press conference held on Dec. 9.
The disclosure came three years after Ren, former vice governor of Shanxi Province, died shortly after he was expelled from the CCP for “severe violations of laws & discipline.”
Ren was under investigation in August 2014. He died of illness just a month afterward.
Since the 18th National Congress of the CCP, many Chinese officials have committed suicide. Professor Nie Huihua, deputy dean of the Chinese Academy of Strategic Studies, said that by committing suicide, corrupted officials could be beneficial in various ways, such as eliminating evidence and protecting colleagues, protecting part of their family’s interests, avoiding insults, and maintaining reputation.
However, mainland media commented that, by confiscating dead officials’ illegal assets, the party signaled a warning to those who think death pays all debts. Their assets would still be seized even if they were dead.
According to China’s Criminal Law, the dead corrupt officials may not face prosecution, but their illegal assets would be seized.
The court ruled that Ren Runhou’s $2.4 million of illegal money was confiscated, together with other assets of 100 pieces of jewelry, jade, calligraphy painting, and watches.
The Supreme Prosecutor revealed that Ren had taken bribes from 2001 to 2013 to help relevant personnel of subordinates obtain promotions.
Additionally, Ren and his relatives’ assets and finance were worth more than $4.8 million. His relatives were also placed under detention.