Bo Xilai sentenced to life
September 23 , 2013
Bo Xilai has been sentenced to life by a Chinese court after being convicted of corruption and abuse of power.
The court said "Bo Xilai was a servant of the state, he abused his power, causing huge damage to the country and its people." It mentioned that the circumstances were particularly serious.
Bo has 10 days to appeal and he will probably do so but chances of overturning the decision are highly unlikely.
The sentence surprised some experts but the onetime political rock star did dodge the death penalty.
Although his trail was quite transparent, no journalists were allowed in the courtroom, raising doubts about the court's version of events.