Bo Xilai life sentence upheld

A court in China upheld a life sentence for ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power, rejecting his appeal.

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Report: Disgraced Bo Xilai appeals life sentence

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai standing trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province. Credit: REUTERS/Jinan Intermediate People's Court

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has appealed his life sentence, a source told Reuters.

"He has already appealed," said the source, who has direct knowledge of the case.

The appeal process could take up to two months and would be determined by authorities. However, the 64-year-old is unlikely to win, given that Chinese courts are controlled by the Communist Party.

The popular former star of China's ruling Communist Party was sentenced to life in prison on Sunday after being convicted of corruption charges.


Chinese court releases details of Bo Xilai proceedings

The disgraced former politician Bo Xilai was escorted into the courtroom by marshals and stood to listen as the judge read out the lengthy verdict, as he was given a life sentence.

According to details of the proceedings released by court:

  • He was sentenced to life in prison on the bribery charges, 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power
  • The court rejected Bo's defence that he did not know about the £2.2 million in bribes from two business associates in the form of extensive valuable gifts to his family
  • This included a French villa, expenses-paid trips, an electric scooter and fancy delicacies such as abalone
  • The court said a small portion of the bribes alleged by prosecutors, of about £100,000 were not proven in court.


China court says politician Bo 'guilty on all counts'

A Chinese court on Sunday found ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai guilty of all the charges he faced of corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of power, according to Reuters.

Bo Xilai pictured in court as verdict read out. Credit: Reuters/CCTV

The court in Jinan in eastern China also said that it rejected Bo's defence, according to transcripts of the judgment released by the court's official microblog.

It has yet to announce what sentence Bo will get, which should come shortly.

Profile of China's disgraced politician Bo Xilai

Former top politician Bo Xilai was a rising star in China's leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal. Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted of poisoning a British businessman, Neil Heywood, who had been a family friend.

China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai Credit: REUTERS/Jason Lee

Bo, who was Communist Party chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, mounted an unexpectedly feisty defence during his trial, denouncing testimony against him by his wife as the ravings of a mad woman.

He repeatedly said he was not guilty of any of the charges, though he admitted making some bad decisions and shaming his country by his handling of former Chongqing police chief, Wang Lijun, who first told Bo that Gu had probably murdered Heywood.

Wang fled to the U.S. consulate in the nearby city of Chengdu in February last year after confronting Bo with evidence that Gu was involved in the murder. Wang was also jailed last year for covering up the crime.

Read the latest on the trial here

China to sentence disgraced politician Bo Xilai

A Chinese court will announce its verdict on former top politician Bo Xilai on Sunday following his 5-day trial last month on charges of corruption and abuse of power. He could be handed a long jail term by the Communist Party-controlled court.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province. Credit: REUTERS/Jinan Intermediate People's Cour

The nature of the charges could even see Bo, 64, given the death penalty, but many observers say that is unlikely as the party will not want to make a martyr of a man whose left-leaning social welfare policies won much popular support.

At the close of Bo's dramatic trial last month, prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence, saying his "whimsical" challenge to charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power flew in the face of the evidence. State media, which speaks for the party, has all but condemned him.

The verdict is expected to be announced by the court in the eastern city of Jinan, where Bo was tried, at 10 a.m. Beijing time (0200 GMT).

Read the latest on the trial here

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