China sentences former senior policeman to 18 years

HOHHOT -- A former senior policeman in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of bribery, illegal possession of firearms, and corruption.

The Hulun Buir Intermediate People's Court on Tuesday found Feng Zhiming guilty of taking bribes worth 3.89 million yuan (about 580,000 million U.S. dollars) between 2008 and 2014, and he was unable to account for another 34.4 million yuan (5.13 million U.S. dollars) in his possession. Feng was also found to have four unauthorized guns and 549 bullets in his possession.

Feng, former deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Hohhot City, enraged the Chinese public after his role in the wrongful conviction of a teenager was exposed.

Under his watch, an innocent teenager named Huugjilt was executed for murder and rape in Hohhot in 1996. Years later, a serial rapist confessed to the crime, which eventually resulted in the exoneration of Huugjilt and suspicion about Feng's performance of his duties.

Feng was taken for questioning in December 2014. Further investigation into the case led to the discovery of more crimes committed by Feng during his term of office. Feng stood trial on August 1, 2016.

[ Editor: zyq ]
 

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