China's former railways minister Liu Zhijun was given a suspended death sentence Monday for "especially huge" bribery, becoming the highest-ranking official to be punished for corruption since new leaders vowed to clean up the ruling Communist Party.
Then minister for Chinese railways, Liu Zhijun (R), meets Norwegian officials in Oslo on May 11, 2009. Liu has been given a suspended death sentence for his role in a huge corruption scandal.
Once hailed as the "father" of China's flagship high-speed rail network, Liu, 60, was convicted of bribery and abuse of power by a court in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said.
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