China jails ex-top court judge for life for graft

A Chinese court sentenced a former top supreme court judge to life in prison for taking bribes and other graft charges.

China jails ex-top court judge for life for graft

A Chinese court sentenced a former top supreme court judge to life in prison on Tuesday for taking bribes and other graft charges, a court official and state media said.

Huang Songyou was dismissed as a vice president of the Supreme People's Court in 2008 on suspicion of taking bribes and embezzlement, and he was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Hebei province, north China, the Xinhua news agency said in a brief report.

Huang was the most senior judicial officer to be charged with such crimes since the Communist Party took power in 1949, according to earlier Chinese news reports.

Huang was charged with taking bribes of more than 8 million yuan ($1.17 million), including from lawyers in prosperous Guangdong province in the south, where he previously served as a judge, the reports said.

Huang was also charged with embezzling more than one million yuan from a court in Guangdong.

Chinese courts come under the control of the Communist Party, and critics have said that the judicial corruption is undermining public confidence in the law.

China last year warned judges and other court employees they could lose their jobs and face criminal charges if they accept gifts from people involved in their cases.


Agencies


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