Friday, October 25, 2013

Chinese court upholds ousted politician Bo Xilai’s conviction, life sentence for corruption

JINAN, China — Ousted politician Bo Xilai lost his appeal against a life sentence for corruption in his final public appearance Friday before prison — an inglorious end for the once-rising star whose vaulting ambition unnerved China's leadership.

The former Politburo member had fallen from power in a scandal that became a volatile distraction for the Communist Party, unleashing tales of murder and betrayal in the highest ranks. On Friday, two security guards with hands on his shoulders escorted him out of the courtroom — and off the political stage — ahead of a key leadership meeting next month on economic policy.
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