Li Dongsheng, a powerful Communist Party official who once ran China’s Gestapo-like secret police force, as well as serving as vice minister of public security, was sentenced to jail for 15 years on Jan. 12. The news was publicized by China Central Television, the official broadcast mouthpiece of the Chinese regime, and other official media channels.

The official explanation for Li’s sentence was a history of vast corruption he engaged in for nearly two decades, from 1996 to 2013, across a range of posts he held.

A court in the northeastern coastal city of Tianjin pronounced sentence.

The court’s decision said that the crimes Li engaged in included extortion, illegal bribes, the trading of state positions for cash, and a range of other corrupt activities. He received a total of nearly 22 million yuan ($3.35 million) in bribes, the court said.

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