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Instead of a position of power, Bo Xilai expects prison

Today the man who was once expected to get a seat on China's all-powerful standing committee has been expelled from the National People's Congress.

Instead of a position of power Bo Xilai can now expect a prison cell.

Disgraced politician Bo Xilai Credit: Reuters

He loses immunity and formal criminal charges are now expected to follow.

He is due to face accusations he knew that his wife had murdered the British business analyst Neil Heywood before the authorities were alerted to the crime.

Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood Credit: Reuters

The Bo case is being presented to the outside world to show how Chinese justice works, how no one is above the law and that corrupt officials will be caught and convicted.

However, setting that precedent could be dangerous.

The Bo scandal has raised awkward questions for China's other senior leaders.

Corruption in China is under more international scrutiny than ever before.

Today, the New York Times claims the family of China's Premier Wen Jiabao owns assets worth £1.6 billion.

Wen is on a state salary of around £25,000.

If true, then his policy decisions could have enriched his family, for example by bringing in tough medical waste disposal regulations when his family was involved in the disposal of medical waste.

Wen is about to retire as Premier.

The New York Times, sources tell ITV News, was handed documentation detailing the Wen family finances.

The implication is that because Wen is seen as reformer he is being smeared by conservatives just before new leaders come in, just in case anyone else fancies being a reformer.

The threat has been made.

The spotlight the state has shone on Bo Xilai is also illuminating other dark corners.