Mr Xiaofeng, a former deputy of the National People’s Congress, was sentenced to death with a two year reprieve and will have all his property confiscated for taking bribes and embezzlement.

Mr Xiaofeng, together with several members of his family and others, was convicted of accepting bribes worth 49 million yuan between 2009 and 2011.

Mr Xiaofeng is further reported to have embezzled 3 million yuan from a subsidiary of a Beijing advertising firm in September 2005.

Mr Xiaofeng is said to have admitted all crimes and returned the majority of monies illegally gained.

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