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Xi Jinping spares top party leaders whose scale of corruption qualified them for execution

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By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com

It’s a case of plus ça change with President ’s nine-month old campaign to rectify the “work style” of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through means including cracking down on big-time corruption.

Liu Zhijun was accused of accepting bribes totalling over 64 million yuan ($10 million) over 25 years.

Liu Zhijun was accused of accepting bribes totalling over 64 million yuan ($10 million) over 25 years.

Earlier this week the protagonist of the one of worst scandals in PRC history – former minister of railways Liu Zhijun – was given a suspended death sentence for having allegedly obtained more than 64 million rmb in ill-gotten gains.

Under Chinese law, Liu could become eligible for “medical parole” after spending several years in jail.

Liu’s relatively lenient treatment has caused a firestorm of criticism among China’s 350 million Netizens. …

A bevy of ministerial-level cadres in the past decade have been executed for having taken in bribes of a mere 5 million yuan or so.

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