Date
24 March 2017
Ling Jihua has become the latest top Chinese official to become ensnared in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown. Photo: Reuters
Ling Jihua has become the latest top Chinese official to become ensnared in President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown. Photo: Reuters

Former Hu aide to be prosecuted for bribery and other offenses

Chinese authorities have decided to prosecute Ling Jihua, a former senior aide to retired president Hu Jintao, for bribery and other offenses, it was announced Monday.

Ling has been expelled from the Communist Party and his case has been handed over to judicial authorities, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The Communist Party had in December announced an investigation into Ling as part of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft crackdown.

A statement issued after a Politburo meeting Monday said Ling had caused major damage to the party’s image, Reuters noted.

“He or his family received enormous bribes; he obtained a large number of the party’s and state’s core secrets, breaking discipline and the law,” the statement said.

“He should bear major responsibility for his family members’ acts of seeking profits with the influence of his position,” according to the statement carried by Xinhua.

Ling and his wife also received money and gifts from some people, and he had affairs with numerous women and traded power for sex, the statement said.

Ling had been demoted in September 2012 from a ministerial-level job months after his son was killed in a crash involving a luxury sports car, Reuters noted.

In a separate statement, the state prosecutor was quoted as saying that the agency had approved Ling’s arrest and that it has formally begun to build a legal case against him.

Ling’s brother, Ling Zhengce, was put under his own corruption investigation last June. There have been reports that some other family members have also been detained.

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