Chinese official who hoarded cash convicted of corruption

A former senior Chinese energy official found to have more than 200 million yuan ($29.99 million) in cash at his home has been given a suspended death penalty after being found guilty of corruption, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.

Wei Pengyuan had been deputy director of the coal department at the National Energy Administration until he was put under investigation in 2014, with officials saying at the time the cash found was the largest amount ever found in a graft case.

The court in the northern city of Baoding handed Wei a death sentence, suspended for two years, which in practice means he will spend life in jail and not be eligible for parole or early release, Xinhua said.

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