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Hotel-style prison awaits China's Bo Xilai: Former inmates

Published on Sep 22, 2013 1:59 PM
 
Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai (centre) is handcuffed after the announcement of his verdict inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on Sunday, Sept 22, 2013, released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Fallen high-flyer Bo can expect hotel-style treatment at a jail for China's political elite, where he will enjoy comfortable surroundings but be constantly monitored by government agents, former prisoners say. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

QINCHENG, China (AFP) - Fallen high-flyer Bo Xilai can expect hotel-style treatment at a jail for China's political elite, where he will enjoy comfortable surroundings but be constantly monitored by government agents, former prisoners say.

Hidden in wooded hills north of Beijing, guards stand outside the red gate of Qincheng prison, where the once-powerful Bo is widely expected to begin his life sentence after being convicted on Sunday of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The jail has high grey walls, but there are no obvious signs of barbed wire or watchtowers.

"It's like a five-star hotel," said Bao Tong, a former secretary to the ruling Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee who spent seven years in the prison for opposing the 1989 crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

 
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