Former Chinese Railways minister - Embezzled $535 million..

 
  Carnot Minister for Railways

http://www.theage.com.au/world/the-downfall-of-great-leap-liu-the-communist-with-374-houses-20130709-2pn6r.html

The Communist Party chief famed for building China's high-speed rail network has been given a suspended death sentence after he was revealed to have siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars to fund a luxury life with 374 houses, 16 cars and a harem of mistresses.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I can understand a harem of mistresses ( or mistri?), but why 374 houses?
And; a suspended death sentence - does this mean he's hanging, waiting to die?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I can understand a harem of mistresses ( or mistri?), but why 374 houses?
And; a suspended death sentence - does this mean he's hanging, waiting to die?
Valvegear

I'd go for the houses any day, have you any idea what a bunch of Chinese mistresses would do to you?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I'd go for the houses any day, have you any idea what a bunch of Chinese mistresses would do to you?
"TheBlacksmith"


No; but I'd die with a smile on my face.Very Happy
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
I can understand a harem of mistresses ( or mistri?), but why 374 houses?
"Valvegear"
For starters, it's got nothing to do with my username.

And; a suspended death sentence - does this mean he's hanging, waiting to die?
"Valvegear"
No, they basically put him in a nice jail for a while, then find some way to weasel him out and then sort of hide him. It's the current method of saving face and yet saving their skins. There is the possibility that he may write a self-criticism and then be rehabilitated, but I won't speculate.

From the Western perspective, not ideal, but at least it beats the old way of purging disgraced officials by having them killed. Or the even older way, which was for the emperor to order him beaten to death and his clan exterminated. Or any other of the unbelievable number of government-administered punishments our Chinese leaders have had 5000 years to invent.

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