Wang Lijun, the police chief who fled to the US consulate in Chengdu last February, has been officially charged. Wang’s flight revealed an ongoing power struggle within the Chinese Communist Party.
State-run Xinhua News Agency reported today that Wang has been prosecuted for defection, abuse of power, taking bribes, and “bending the law for personal gain.”
This latest development comes after weeks of speculation about Wang’s fate—after Gu Kailai, the wife of his former boss Bo Xilai, was convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.
Xinhua said that Wang knew of the murder, but illegally protected Gu from legal liability.
Wang was also accused of illegally using technical investigative measures—though Xinhua did not elaborate what this charge relates to. After he fled to the US Consulate, rumors surfaced that Bo Xilai had instructed him to wire-tap phone calls of Chinese leader Hu Jintao.
The charges against Wang have been filed at the Chengdu Intermediate People's Court. The city’s procuratorate says evidence against him is "clear and abundant," according to Xinhua.
No date has been announced for Wang’s trial.
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