China’s Popular Politician, Bo Xilai, Gets Life Sentence For Corruption

 A court on Sunday sentenced Bo Xilai, one of China’s up-and-coming politicians, to life in prison for corruption.

His trial was widely regarded as a political prosecution and a sign that top leaders had turned against the charismatic populist.

The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court deprived Bo of political rights for life and confiscated all his personal assets.

He has 10 days to appeal.

Despite fears of public strife or brutal political infighting spearheaded by Bo’s supporters within the leadership, there has been no major official backing for Bo, either within the Communist Party or in the public — although he remains popular among many Chinese.

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