Ousted Bo Xilai

September 23, 2013 by  

Ousted Bo Xilai, Ousted Communist Party official Bo Xilai was found guilty of corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power Sunday and sentenced to life in prison.

“The opinion of the defendant and his defense lawyers is not accepted by the court,” said the presiding judge in the eastern city of Jinan, according to the intermediate court’s official microblog. “The court has decided to impose life-long imprisonment, deprive him of his political rights for life, and confiscate all his personal assets.”

Bo was a member of the Communist Party Politburo and the charismatic party chief of Chongqing city. A rising star in Chinese politics, he revived the memory of Mao Zedong, cracked down on organized crime and made no secrets of his national ambitions.

But the inner workings of his fiefdom were laid bare last year after his police chief, Wang Lijun, sensationally sought asylum in a U.S. consulate, making a series of damaging accusations about his former boss.

The scandal became a huge embarrassment to the party, exposing deep divisions among its senior leadership as well as corruption and thuggery at the top levels.

At its heart was the tale of British businessman Neil Heywood’s death, which Chinese authorities had initially tried to blame on alcohol poisoning.

Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted last year of killing Heywood in 2011 and given a suspended death sentence, while Wang was given 15 years in prison for covering up the murder.

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