Verdict against China's Bo Xilai expected on Sunday
Disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, one of China's most controversial politicians, will know his fate this Sunday, when a court in eastern Jinan city announces its verdict on charges of bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power against him.
The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon through the court's Twitter-like Weibo account. The court, in an unprecedented fashion, has used the Weibo account to release real-time transcripts and photos of court proceedings during Bo's five-day trial late last month.
Bo, 64, was party boss of the southwestern Chongqing municipality till his downfall in March last year, a month after his former police chief Wang Lijun fled to an American consulate reportedly with information about how Bo's wife Gu Kailai had murdered British businessman Neil Heywood.
Known as one of China's most flamboyant and eloquent leaders in decades, Bo denied taking 20.6 million yuan (S$4.2 million) from Dalian Shide's former chairman Xu Ming or 1.1 million yuan from Dalian executive Tang Xiaolin, during the trial.