China Sentences Ex-Presidential Aide to Life for Corruption

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  • Ling convicted of obtaining secrets, abusing power in trial
  • Ex-aide to Hu Jintao among officials linked to security czar

Former secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China Ling Jihua in 2013.

Photographer: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

A Chinese court sentenced a former top aide to retired President Hu Jintao to life imprisonment in a closed-door trial, capping a series of prosecutions against top Communist Party officials under Xi Jinping.

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