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Sentencing highlights China Communist party murder scandal

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Sentencing highlights China Communist party murder scandal


The murder scandal that rocked China’s Communist Party will once again be in the spotlight on Monday, with the sentencing of a former police chief.

Wang Lijun is expected to receive leniency after revealing a poisoning plot carried out by the wife of former top politician Bo Xilai.

Wang first sought refuge in the US consulate in Chengdu. He has confessed to crimes including defecting, bribe-taking and abuse of power and could receive 20 years behind bars.

Wang also worked for Gu Xilai, a well-known lawyer and the second wife of former Communist Party politician Bo. She is the daughter of a Chinese revolutionary leader.

Gu was given a suspended death sentence after being found guilty of murder. Her trial in August lasted just one day.

The motivation behind the murder plot is said to be financial, with Gu convicted of killing British businessman Neil Heywood in November 2011. Heywood had been living in China since the 1990s.

The scandal ruined the career of former Communist Party regional chief Bo Xilai – who was seen as a contender for a top position in the party before he was sacked.

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