Former CPC Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai was found guilty of embezzlement, bribery, and abuse of power charges on September 22 at a Jinan court in Shangdong province and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The corruption charges against Bo came after his Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun sought political asylum at the U.S. consulate in Chengdu with apparent knowledge of the involvement by Bo’s wife Gu Kailai in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywoodl.
Wang walked out of the consulate a few days later and the political scandal that he created led to Bo’s termination from his position as party chief and his expulsion from the Communist party.
Wang was convicted of bribery charges in September 2012 while Gu was found guilty of murder in August 2012.
Bo was subsequently indicted on corruption charges after investigations revealed that he had received kickbacks from property developers during his tenure as mayor of Dalian from 1998 to 2006.
According to reports by eyewitnesses present at the trial, Bo yelled out “The verdict is not just. The trial is not open and unfair.” after the judge read the guilty verdict.
Bo will appeal his guilty verdict, according to the Chinese language World Journal.
In a rare move by the CPC, Gu’s five-day trial was open to the public and a transcription of the trial was posted on Sina Weibo microblog in what was dubbed the trial of the century by Chinese media.