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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“Seek truth from facts,” goes an old Chinese saying favored by Deng Xiaoping. That injunction should also apply to the story of Bo Xilai, the recently ousted party chief of Chongqing whose fall has become something of a morality tale.
Among the Citigroup Inc. bankers gathered in Hong Kong on Aug. 11, 2006, with the mayor of the northeastern Chinese city of Tieling to discuss investments in an industrial park was the son of a powerful China princeling.
China’s Communist Party moved to show unity after suspending Bo Xilai from the ruling Politburo and declaring his wife a murder suspect, ordering the nation’s more than 80 million party members to back the decision.
China’s unveiling of murder charges against the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai signals the Communist Party is trying to move beyond the scandal before a once-in-a-decade leadership handover later this year.