China Bo Xilai critic seeks compensation for 460 days of hard labour
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese official is demanding compensation after serving 15 months' hard labour for criticising disgraced leader Bo Xilai, domestic media said on Friday, a day after the toppled politician was indicted.
Mr Ren Jianyu, a low-level official in the south-western megacity of Chongqing that Bo headed, had forwarded microblog posts criticising the politician's Maoist-style "sing red" campaigns.
Mr Ren was freed from a "re-education through labour" camp last November, weeks after Bo was formally expelled from his post to face justice for offences from bribery to abuse of power.
The Bo scandal was the biggest to rock Chinese politics in decades, exposing rifts at the highest levels of power ahead of a once-a-decade leadership transition last year.