Further details about the former Chongqing police chief whose dramatic attempt to defect to the US brought down political heavyweight Bo Xilai and unleashed China’s biggest political storm in decades have emerged as Beijing begins briefing senior officials in Hong Kong about the case.
According to sources who attended the latest briefing in Shenzhen, central government leaders concluded that Wang Lijun had “tried to defect” – which in theory is punishable with the death penalty – but said that he had partly made up for his crimes by making “contributions” – a reference to his co-operation with the investigation into Bo.
“The senior officials said Wang had attempted to defect but he has atoned for his crime by doing some good deeds,” a source said, suggesting Wang might escape execution.
The details were disclosed after senior executives of major mainland-funded enterprises and institutions in Hong Kong were called to a…
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