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Aide to China's former leader gets life in prison for bribes

Aide to China's former leader gets life in prison for bribes

A former top presidential aide and consummate Chinese political insider was sentenced Monday to life in prison for taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abusing powers in a downfall set off by an alleged coverup of his son's death in a speeding Ferrari.

A court in the northern port city of Tianjin delivered the verdict against Ling Jihua nearly one month after the trial, which was held behind closed doors because the case involved state secrets, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He told the court he would not appeal, Xinhua said.

Ling headed the ruling Communist Party's General Office under former President Hu Jintao, a position comparable to chief of...

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