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Bo Xilai speaks in Chinese court after being given life sentence

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Bo Xilai speaks in Chinese court after being given life sentence

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A Chinese court has sentenced ousted former rising star in the ruling Communist Party Bo Xilai to life in prison.

He was convicted of corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Bo has denied all charges and has the right to appeal the sentence. If he decides to do so, the process will be dealt with at the supreme court in Shandong province within two months.

Upon hearing the verdict Bo said that he felt “that the judge handled the case in a civilised, rational, and fair manner.” He also thanked the court for giving him the “opportunity to speak”.

Problems for the former leader of the Communist party in Chongqing city began when he was removed from office over a scandal last year, which saw his wife convicted of the murder of a British businessman.