Live updates

Bo Xilai's appeal to be heard this week

Disgraced former Chinese politician Bo Xilai's appeal against his guilty verdict and life imprisonment for corruption will be heard this week.

Bo is expected to be allowed to appear in the Shandong Provincial Higher People's Court on Friday.

Bo Xilai's appeal against hi guilty verdict and life imprisonment will be heard this week. Credit: REUTERS/Jinan Intermediate People's Court

The court described the hearing as "open," but access is likely to be limited to a few official media outlets and selected members of the public.

Bo was found guilty of embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court last month. He has denied the charges.


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.

Load more updates