Chinese Police Chief Gets 15 Years

    BEIJING - MARCH 06:  Wang Lijun, Chief of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, attends a meeting during the annual National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 6, 2011 in Beijing, China. Known as 'liang hui,' or 'two organizations', it consists of meetings of China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), and its advisory auxiliary, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wang Lijun

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    Wang Lijun, former police chief, was sentenced to 15 years for defection, abuse of power, taking bribes and bending the law for personal gain. Wang brought a scandal that shock China’s political structure last year when he fled to the American Consulate and revealed that Gu Kailai, the wife of a senior party chief, had killed a British businessman. Gu was recently sentenced to death with a two-year suspension and her husband is being investigated. In his trial, Wang was accused of helping to cover up the murder, and taking bribes—a charge which his lawyer disputed.

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