Disgraced Chinese politician 'abused his powers'

Bo Xilai and his wife were at the centre of China's biggest scandal in decades Credit: ZY/RC

China's government has expelled disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai from the Communist Party and said it would hand him over for criminal investigation accused of multiples crimes.

Bo's wife and his former police chief have both been jailed over the scandal stemming from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in the southwestern city of Chongqing, where Bo was Communist Party chief.

A statement by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua said Bo has "abused his powers of office, committed serious errors and bears a major responsibility".

Bo will face charges for corruption, abuse of power, bribe taking and improper relations with a number of women.

"Bo Xilai's actions created grave repercussions, and massively damaged the reputation of the party and the state," said the statement.