19 Oct 2008

Ex-Beijing vice mayor gets suspended death sentence

4:16 pm on 19 October 2008

A former vice mayor of Beijing has been given a suspended death sentence for taking millions of yuan in bribes.

Liu Zhihua had been in charge of building venues for the Chinese capital's 2008 Olympics, as well as the $40 billion upgrade of the city's infrastructure for the Games.

He was sacked in June 2006, accused of corruption and bad morals.

The official Xinhua news agency says Liu took $1.02 million in bribes, citing the judgment of a court in the neighbouring province of Hebei.

A suspended death penalty in China is normally commuted to life imprisonment on condition of good behaviour.