Chinese court gives Bo Xilai life sentence
Published: September 22, 2013 07:00PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 09:47PM
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A van, left, believed to be carrying fallen politician Bo Xilai is escorted by a convoy of vehicles as it arrives at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan in eastern China's Shandong province on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Chinese court was expected to hand down a guilty verdict Sunday for corruption charges against Bo in one of the country's most lurid political scandals in decades. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Jinan, China • A Chinese court has convicted fallen politician Bo Xilai of corruption and sentenced him to life in prison, capping one of the country’s most lurid political scandals in decades.

The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court convicted the former Politburo member and Chongqing city Communist Party chief on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power. He was sentenced to life in prison on the bribery charges, 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power.

Bo, with crew cut hair and wearing a white shirt, stood to hear the verdict.

Bo’s downfall was set in motion by his wife’s murder of a British businessman, followed his top aide’s attempt to defect to a U.S. consulate with information about the case. Bo was later investigated for corruption.