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.