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Bo Xilai faces Chinese trial verdict

Published on Sep 22, 2013 6:06 AM
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Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai during the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2012. Fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai will learn his fate Sunday when a court delivers its verdict after a sensational scandal that culminated in the highest-profile trial in decades. -- PHOTO: AFP

JINAN, China (AFP) - Fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai will learn his fate Sunday when a court delivers its verdict after a sensational scandal that culminated in the highest-profile trial in decades.

Bo, one of China's top 25 politicians before his dramatic downfall, is widely expected to be found guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power but there is speculation over what punishment he will receive.

The catalyst for Bo's fall came when his top aide in Chongqing fled to a US consulate with evidence the politician's wife had murdered a British associate in February 2012.

With factions in the upper echelons of the Communist Party reportedly split over how to handle him, a year and a half passed before he went to trial, becoming the most high-profile official to do so in decades.

 
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