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China court to issue Bo Xilai appeal decision on Friday

Published on Oct 21, 2013 4:28 PM
 
This picture taken on Sept 22, 2013, and released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court shows Chinese political star Bo Xilai (second from right) wearing a pair of handcuffs as he stands in a courtroom in Jinan, east China's Shandong province. A Chinese court will rule on Friday on the appeal of Bo, it announced on Monday, Oct 21, 2013, another step on the way to closing a scandal that has rocked the ruling party. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP / JINAN INTERMEDIATE PEOPLE'S COURT

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court will rule on Friday on the appeal of the once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, it announced on Monday, another step towards closing a scandal that has rocked the ruling party.

Bo was sentenced to life in prison in September by the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, the provincial capital of Shandong.

The Shandong provincial high court said on its website that it will "issue a decision regarding the bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power case of the appellant Bo Xilai".

Appeals in such high-profile cases are almost unheard of in Chinese courts, which are tightly controlled by the ruling Communist part. Analysts have said the appeal is unlikely to succeed.

 
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