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Ex-spymaster in China jailed for life over corruption

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – A provincial court in China has handed down a life sentence to a former deputy head of the country’s Ministry of State Security over corruption.

“Ma Jian’s behavior constituted the crime of accepting bribes, forcing others to trade, and insider trading,” the Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in the northeastern Liaoning Province announced Thursday.

He had been the subject of investigation for the past three years, and was expelled from the ruling Communist Party in 2016.

From 1999 to 2014, Ma used his position at the ministry to help Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui further his business interests, receiving over 109 million yuan ($15.9 million) in bribes, the court said. Guo is a fugitive living in New York since he fled China in 2014.

In 2013, Ma engaged in insider trading through his relatives, selling some 49 million yuan worth of stocks, the tribunal added.

“The defendant Ma Jian’s bribery amount was extremely large, and the national and people’s interests suffered a particularly heavy loss, which seriously infringed on the integrity of civil servants,” the court said in its verdict.

Earlier in December, China’s President Xi Jinping declared victory in his anti-graft fight, saying that the campaign to root out inherent corruption within the Party would continue.

Beijing set up an anti-corruption watchdog, the National Supervisory Commission, in March, giving it sweeping powers to confront corrupt practices.

The country’s graft investigators have reportedly handled 464,000 cases and punished 406,000 people in the first nine months of 2018.

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