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When former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun fled to a US consulate, he set off a chain reaction that sparked possibly the biggest political scandal in China in two decades. Now there are reports that Wang may be facing charges of treason for his transgressions against the Party.
According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is facing charges of treason. A trial could begin as soon as next month. Wang made headlines when he fled to a US consulate in Chengdu in February, where he told officials of an elaborate power struggle in the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party.
Some analysts see Wang's case as a prelude for what may happen to his former employer and Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai. Wang's flight to the consulate implicated Bo in a number of scandals. One includes an alleged cover up for the murder of a British expatriate at the hands of Bo's wife Gu Kailai. Another is a high-level conspiracy between Bo and Zhou Yongkang to overthrow Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.
It's unclear whether such a trial would be made public, or if the usual punishment for treason -- execution -- is being sought.