China has stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official position, paving the way for formal criminal charges to be laid against him in connection with the death of a London businessman.
He is expected to face accusations that he knew his wife had murdered Neil Heywood before the authorities were alerted to the crime.
By formally expelling him from parliament, Bo has had his immunity from prosecution removed.
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