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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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  1. Angus Walker

Bo Xilai verdict expected this weekend

Why is the verdict in the trial of disgraced Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai being announced on a Sunday? Next Sunday is a working day in China because from tomorrow until Saturday the Chinese have a national holiday; the mid-Autumn Festival.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province. Credit: People's Court/Handout via Reuters

Announcing the verdict on Sunday also fits in neatly before the first week of October when China then has the 'Golden Week' holiday; marking the date of the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

So Bo's political rivals, those who wanted to see his downfall, will have an extra reason to celebrate.

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