Liu Fangren accepted 6.7m yuan in bribes A Beijing court yesterday sentenced the former Communist Party secretary of Guizhou province, Liu Fangren , to life in prison for accepting bribes. Liu, 68, was convicted by Beijing No2 Intermediate People's Court for accepting bribes worth at least 6.7 million yuan, Xinhua reported. The court also ordered Liu to hand over all his personal property and repay the money he took as bribes. The news agency report did not say if he would appeal against the sentence. Liu was party secretary from 1993 to 2002 and in the latter part of his tenure he doubled as chairman of the Guizhou People's Congress. He stepped down from both positions in 2002. He initially retained his membership of the Communist Party Central Committee, but was expelled from the party in April last year following his arrest. The prosecution statement said Liu accepted the bribes - cash and expensive watches - between March 1995 and February 2002. It said his daughter-in-law was also arrested and was being dealt with in a separate case. Mainland media reported that Liu was betrayed by Lu Wanli , former director of the Guizhou provincial government's Communications Department, when the latter was extradited to the mainland after hiding overseas. The reports said Lu supplied crucial information to investigators leading to Liu's arrest. Despite his co-operation, Lu was sentenced to death in May for taking more than 25 million yuan in bribes. Meanwhile, the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court yesterday handed down a death sentence - suspended for two years - to Huang Yihui , former director of the Shenzhen City Highway Administration, for taking more than 20 million yuan in bribes from 1995 to 2003. The court also ordered confiscation of Huang's personal assets. Under normal circumstances, Huang's death sentence will be commuted to a life sentence if he behaves well during the two years.