China to prosecute former aide to retired president

Reuters News
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Posted: Jul 20, 2015 10:28 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will prosecute a former senior aide to retired president Hu Jintao after an investigation found that he took bribes and engaged in other corrupt behavior, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.

Ling Jihua has been expelled from the Communist Party and his case handed over to judicial authorities, Xinhua said, meaning he will face prosecution.

The ruling Communist Party announced a probe into Ling in December. He had been demoted in September 2012 from a ministerial-level job months after his son was killed in a deadly crash involving a luxury sports car.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Mike Collett-White)