|Corrupt party big wig Bo Xilai jailed for life, court seizes all assets and denies political rights
Former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, 64 (pictured in court today) was sentenced to life imprisonment to for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power by a court in Jinan. Bo was also former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and former Commerce Minister. He has 10 days to appeal the verdict.
He was deprived of political rights for life.
Bo was found guilty of accepting bribes worth 20.44 million yuan, according to the verdict announced by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in eastern Shandong Province. Presiding Judge Wang Xuguang announced the verdict. The court session started at 10:05 a.m, People’s Daily reported
Bo’s trial lasted five days.
The court ordered the seizure of all of Bo’s assets according to the official microblog.
The ruling said Bo “was a servant of the state,’’ but that by abusing his power, he caused “huge damage’’ to China.
Bo, 64, has 10 days to appeal from Monday, the court added. —Xinhua/Agencies