A Chinese court in east China’s Shandong province sentenced top China Communist Party leader Bo Xilai to life imprisonment uphelding the charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him. The court also stripped Bo of all political rights and ordered the confiscation of his property.
Who is Bo Xilai and what is his case?
Bo Xilai is a former Chinese politician. He hit to the fame through his tenures as the mayor of Dalian province and later governor of Liaoning. He also served as Minister of Commerce. Between 2007 and 2012 he served as a member of the Central Politburo and secretary of the Communist Party’s Chongqing branch.
His political career overturned following the Wang Lijun incident, in which his top lieutenant and police chief sought asylum at the American consulate in Chengdu and revealed details of Bo’s alleged involvement in a homicide plot. Following this incident, Bo was removed as the chief of the Chongqing city in 2013 and sacked from the ruling party following allegations of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him. He was also accused of receiving 20 million Yuan (3.5 Million US Dollars) as bribes and owning a luxury villa in France.