Anti-corruption chief at Chinese spy agency admits taking US$33 million in bribes
- Liu Yanping was the latest senior figure in the security apparatus to appear in court on similar charges
- Liu was accused by graft busters of disloyalty to Xi Jinping and belonging to a ‘political clique’ led by jailed former security vice-minister Sun Lijun
A former anti-corruption chief at China’s national spy agency has pleaded guilty to bribery.
The court said that Liu, the former disciplinary chief at the Ministry of State Security, had pleaded guilty and expressed repentance. The court was adjourned and he will be sentenced at a later date.
Liu had previously been accused by party graft-busters of disloyalty to Xi Jinping and being part of a “political clique” led by former public security vice-minister Sun Lijun in an official documentary aired by the state broadcaster CCTV in January.
He is the last alleged member of Sun’s political gang to face sentencing, indicating that the biggest purge in China’s security apparatus over the last five years is finally drawing to a close.
The court said that Liu had received the money in return for business favours, lenient sentences, job promotions and help in obtaining restricted car plates.
It also said that Liu’s corruption trail can be traced back to 2001, when he was serving as the deputy director of the security bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, which is responsible for protecting the country’s top leaders.
He then continued to accept bribes when he became the bureau’s chief and later the disciplinary head of the Ministry of State Security, according to the court.
Earlier this year, the country’s top anti-corruption agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, announced that Liu had been placed under investigation. In September it was announced that he had been expelled from the party and dismissed from office. He was formally charged four weeks later.
According to the anti-corruption watchdog, about 4.7 million officials have been placed under investigation in the past decade.
Despite declaring a major victory over graft among party elites earlier this year, Xi vowed to keep up the pressure on corrupt party officials during his speech to the party congress last month.