Ling Jihua, the disgraced former “political fixer” of former Chinese leader Hu Jintao, is facing up to 70 death sentences for amassing 2,700 secret documents on incumbent Chinese president and Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, claims Boxun News, a US-based citizen journalism outlet with a reputation for releasing unsubstantiated “insider” reports on Chinese politics.
Ling, 58, was placed under investigation for “serious disciplinary violations” in December by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog. As a former director of the CPC’s General Office, he had been tipped for a spot on the party’s ruling Politburo until March 2012, when he was said to have tried to cover up his only son’s death in a sex-fueled high-speed Ferrari crash in Beijing.
It has been widely speculated that Ling had planned to overthrow Xi by teaming up with fellow fallen political heavyweights Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai. Zhou, China’s former oil and political tsar, was expelled from the party in December and charged with bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets last month, while Bo, the former party chief of Chongqing, is serving a life sentence for corruption handed down in September 2013.
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