China's powerful politician Bo Xilai receives life sentence for corruption
A powerful Chinese politician, Bo Xilai, has been sentenced to life by the court for corruption, abuse of power and an unaccounted wealth. He has been convicted of bribery, embezzlement and misuse of power. Consequently, Bo has been deprived of political rights for life and all his personal assets have been confiscated.
It was in July 2013, Bo was charged with corruption charges leading to his trial. On 22 August 2013, Jinan Intermediate People's Court heard Bo's cases and the court's official Weibo account published the status of trial, informs Wikipedia.
It is said that Bo was charged with receiving 21.79 million Yuan (US$3.56 million) from businessmen Xu Ming and Tang Xiaolin. Recently, On 22 September the court found him guilty on all counts, stripped him of all his assets, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Bo's second wife, Gu Kailai is also reportedly said to have been involved in the death of British businessman and family friend Heywood. It has been alleged that in 2011, Heywood reportedly had a business dispute with Bo's wife and when he demanded a higher commission for his services, Reports state that he was allegedly poisoned by Gu and an assistant to eliminate him.
Bo was an upcoming politician in China known for populist programmes such as campaign against organized crime, increased spending on welfare programs, economic reforms for double-digit percentage GDP growth, and promotion of egalitarian values. But soon, Bo became a controversial leader by abusing his power, which eventually led to his fall as well.