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China ex-police chief given death for murder

BEIJING (AP) – A retired Chinese police chief was sentenced to death on Friday for the murder of his mistress and other crimes, amid an ongoing crackdown on official corruption and abuse of power by public officials.

Zhao Liping, 64, fatally shot his 28-year-old mistress, identified only by her surname Li, and then burned her body, according to a statement from the Intermediate People’s Court in the northern city of Taiyuan. The court didn’t mention a motive for the March 2015 murder, but media reports said Zhao had suspected Li was planning to report him for taking bribes.