Chinese Police Chief Gets 15 Years

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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.