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Brother of scandal-hit Chinese official Ling Jihua is sacked

Published on Jun 23, 2014 12:02 PM
 
Ling Zhengce, seen here in 2011, has been removed from his post as a vice-president of the Shanxi provincial branch of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference. He is the brother of Chinese politician Ling Jihua, a former presidential ally whose son was killed in a scandalous Ferrari crash in 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - The brother of Chinese politician Ling Jihua, once a presidential ally whose son was killed in a scandalous Ferrari crash, has been sacked from his post, the Communist Party's official news website said on Monday.

Ling Zhengce, 62, has been removed as a vice-president of the Shanxi provincial branch of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference, a debating chamber which is part of China's party-controlled government structure, according to a report by cpcnews.cn.

The sacking comes after the party's central disciplinary body announced last week that he was being investigated for "serious discipline violations", generally a euphemism for graft.

Ling Jihua's son died as a result of a high-speed crash in Beijing in March 2012 that also left two women passengers hurt, one of whom was naked, according to media reports at the time.

 
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