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.