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China’s Bo Xilai Said to Formally Appeal Conviction: WSJ
Former Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai appealed his conviction for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing an unidentified person.
Bo’s appeal was filed Sept. 30, a week after he was convicted and sentenced by a court in Jinan in eastern China’s Shandong province, the newspaper reported, citing the person, who it said has direct knowledge of the case. The appeal process may take two months or longer, the WSJ said.
The appeal, while expected because Bo had denied all charges at his trial, is unlikely to affect the outcome of the case, which has probably been decided by the Communist Party’s top leadership, the Journal said, citing unidentified lawyers and “party insiders.”
Bo, 64, was sentenced to life in prison last month by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court for corruption, bringing an end to a crisis that roiled China’s Communist Party as the country’s leaders prepare to lay out an economic reform agenda.
The court found Bo guilty of taking 20.4 million yuan ($3.3 million) in bribes, embezzling 5 million yuan and abusing his power following a trial that exposed graft at the highest levels in the communist state.
Two phone calls to the Higher People’s Court in Shandong where the newspaper said the appeal may be heard, went unanswered outside normal business hours.
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