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Former Beijing vice-mayor given suspended death sentence for bribery, bad morals

A former Beijing construction official for the Olympic games was given a suspended death sentence for accepting bribes and having bad morals, reported BBC News.

As vice mayor and the director of the agency that oversaw Beijing's citywide makeover, Liu Zhihua, 59, accepted $1,020,000 in exchange for contracts, loans and promotions.

Zhihua's death sentence will be suspended for two years, and will be commuted to a life prison sentence for good behavior, reported The New York Times

In addition to the bribery charge, Zhihua is also guilty of having bad morals, including keeping several mistresses and living lavishly.

After news of the scandal came out in 2006, Zhiuhua was removed from his post as construction director and removed from his government position and the Communist Party.