Bo Xilai’s appeal of his life sentence for graft and abuse of power was rejected by a Chinese court, which upheld the harshest sentence in three decades for a former member of the Communist Party’s Politburo.
Ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison for corruption, bringing an end to a crisis that roiled China’s Communist Party as the country’s leaders prepare to lay out an economic reform agenda.
Ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai remained defiant as his corruption trial ended with prosecutors calling for a severe punishment, in a case the Communist Party called proof of its determination to target high-level graft.
Bo Xilai called his wife “crazy” and said she spoke under duress as a Chinese court aired testimony in which she detailed the dispute that led to the former Politburo member’s ouster and corruption trial.
Lying in a Beijing military hospital in 1990, General Wang Zhen told a visitor he felt betrayed. Decades after he risked his life fighting for an egalitarian utopia, the ideals he held as one of Communist China’s founding fathers were being undermined by the capitalist ways of his children -- business leaders in finance, aviation and computers.
Bo Xilai, the former Politburo member charged with bribery and abuse of power, will go on trial on Aug. 22, bringing the Communist Party’s gravest scandal in more than 20 years a step closer to its conclusion.
Bo Xilai’s removal as head of a city that helped lead China’s economic growth is a signal that the country’s Communist leadership wants to keep his style of populism out of the inner corridors of power, sticking to a consensus-driven government that emphasizes gradual change.
In December 2010, then-Vice President Xi Jinping visited the southern city of Chongqing in a show of support for Bo Xilai, the local Communist Party chief whose populist appeal had made him a rising political star.
China set a timeline for the prosecution of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, moving to resolve a scandal that overshadowed a once-in-a-decade transfer of power and tested the unity of new Communist Party leaders.