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China To Prosecute Top Aide To Former President

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 5:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former President Hu Jintao’s top aide has been arrested on corruption charges, stripped of his party membership and removed from all government positions, China’s state media said Monday.

The ruling by the Communist Party’s Politburo came seven months after Ling Jihua was placed under internal investigation for disciplinary violations.

The fall of Ling, whose former position is comparable to the U.S. president’s chief of staff has come amid a stern anti-corruption campaign by Hu’s successor Xi Jinping. The campaign is seen by many as a means to not only restore public confidence in the ruling party, but also to root out threats to Xi’s political dominance.

Ling, formerly head of the party’s general office under Hu, became well known in China in 2012 when his son crashed a Ferrari in Beijing with two nude or half-dressed women, according to various reports. Ling was accused of covering up the scandal.

He had appeared destined for a seat in the party’s Politburo in late 2012, but instead was removed from the top leadership and named head of the United Front Work Department.

The Xinhua News Agency said Monday that the internal investigation found Ling to have taken huge amounts of money through bribery and used his position to seek benefits for others. It said Ling had allowed his family to benefit financially from his political influence.

Ling obtained many core secrets of the party and the country in violation of party discipline and the law, Xinhua said.

He also was accused of having multiple illicit affairs in violation of party rules.

China Central Television said China’s top prosecuting office had arrested Ling, who would be prosecuted on corruption charges.