has formally charged Ling Jihua, a former aide to ex-president Hu Jintao,
Mr Ling had taken bribes, stolen state secrets and abused his power,
state prosecutors said.
He was demoted in a surprise move in 2012.
China is running a high-profile campaign against corruption, and says it
punished nearly 300,000 officials in 2015 alone.
Mr Ling had held a senior position in President Hu’s government.
There was speculation that his demotion may have been the result of
political manoeuvring ahead of a leadership change - but there were also
reports that his son’s involvement in a Ferrari crash may have been to