Chinese police chief Wang Lijun jailed for 15 years

  • The former police chief at the center of one of China's biggest political scandals has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

    Wang Lijun was jailed on Monday for ''bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribetaking".

    He is believed to have triggered events that resulted in the downfall of influential politician Bo Xilai after he fled to a U.S. consulate in February.

    In August, Bo's wife was convicted of killing UK national Neil Heywood. Wang was accused of helping in a cover-up.

    Bo has not been seen in public since the scandal erupted and is reportedly under investigation by the Communist party's disciplinary officials. He has been removed from his official posts.

    It is not yet known he will face criminal charges himself.