Bo Xilai sentenced to life in prison: court

22 Sep

BY TOM HANCOCK

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JINAN, China (2nd UPDATE) – Fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai was sentenced by a court to life in prison Sunday, September 22, following a sensational scandal that culminated in the country’s highest-profile trial in decades.

The sentence was announced by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on its verified page on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter. Bo, one of China’s top 25 politicians before his dramatic downfall, was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The catalyst for Bo’s fall came when his top aide in mega-city Chongqing, where he was party chief, fled to a US consulate with evidence the politician’s wife had murdered a British associate in February 2012.

Full Story: http://www.rappler.com

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