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for­mer Vice Min­is­ter of State Se­cu­rity, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment for crimes in­clud­ing bribery, forc­ing oth­ers to trade and in­sider trad­ing, the Dalian In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in north­east Liaon­ing Prov­ince an­nounced on De­cem­ber 27, 2018.

Ma was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline in Jan­uary 2015. In De­cem­ber 2016, he was ex­pelled from the Party and re­moved from his post.

The Dalian court held his trial in pri­vate on Au­gust 16, 2018, as it in­volved state se­crets. Ma had used his post to help Guo Wen­gui, one of China’s most wanted fugi­tives, and Bei­jing Zhengquan Hold­ings, which Guo con­trolled, make prof­its. He had taken bribes worth over 109 mil­lion yuan ($15.9 mil­lion) in the process. Ma had also made over 49.29 mil­lion yuan ($7.2 mil­lion) by stock trad­ing based on in­sider in­for­ma­tion.

Ma be­came vice min­is­ter of state se­cu­rity in 2006.

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