Aide to former Chinese president Hu Jintao jailed for life: media

Ling Jihua at the closing of the 18th Communist Party Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 14, 2012An ex-aide of former Chinese president Hu Jintao has been jailed for life for corruption, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, official media reported Monday. Ling Jihua pleaded guilty and said he would not appeal, Xinhua news agency said, citing the verdict of the First Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, which held his trial in secret last month. “The trial today is engraved on my bones and in my heart,” it quoted Ling as saying in his final statement to the court.

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