Liu Zhijun is escorted into court
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China ex-rail minister given suspended death sentence

8 July 2013 Last updated at 09:54 BST

A Chinese court has given former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence for corruption and abuse of power, state media report.

Liu was accused of accepting bribes totalling over 64m yuan ($10m; £6m) over 25 years.

Prosecutors said he awarded government rail contracts in return for bribes.

Martin Patience reports from Beijing.