China on Friday sentenced to death the former police chief of the northern region of Inner Mongolia after convicting him for murder, bribery, and possession of firearms and explosives, the official Xinhua news agency reports.
A court in Taiyuan City in the northern province of Shanxi ruled that Zhao Liping, 65, was guilty of killing a person surnamed Li in March last year, Reuters quoted the Xinhua report as saying.
He also took over 2 million yuan (US$290,000) in bribes and illegally stored 91 detonators in his office while working as the police chief of Inner Mongolia from 2008 to 2010, the report said.
Zhao first became police chief of the region in 2005 and had worked as a police officer for almost three decades.
“The nature of Zhao Liping’s murder was sinful, the plot especially vile, the means especially cruel, the danger to society grave,” the court said.
Zhao also refused to plead guilty and should be severely punished, it added.
He was detained on suspicion of the murder of a woman last year and was formally charged in February 2016.
State media has previously said the victim was his mistress, whom he stabbed and shot and then burned the body after she threatened to expose his corrupt behavior.
President Xi Jinping has been waging a war against corruption, warning that a failure to root out graft could jeopardize the ruling Communist Party’s survival.
Inner Mongolia is a strategically important area bordering Russia and Mongolia, covers a tenth of the China’s landmass and has the largest coal reserves in the country.
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