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China: Prosecutors call for 'heavy sentence' in Bo Xilai trial

China: Prosecutors call for 'heavy sentence' in Bo Xilai trial
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The trial of former leading politician, Bo Xilai, has ended with closing speeches from the prosecution and defence.

Prosecutors have demanded a heavy sentence calling Bo’s defence “whimsical” and saying he had shown no remorse for his crimes.

Bo was a rising star in China’s leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal. His wife Gu Kailai was convicted of poisoning British businessman, Neil Heywood, who had been a family friend.

Bo faced charges of corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of power.

It has been China’s most politically charged trial in decades, and the subject of much speculation. On the streets of Jinan, where the trial was held, one local resident said she thought it was “a fair trial” as it “had lasted several days.”

Another resident added: “Bo Xilai is one of the princelings, he is son of an old senior official. He is supposed to be in the central leadership of the next generation. If he had not made such a big mistake, he would have been one of the members of the Politburo standing committee. It is a big shame.”

State media said the verdict was expected at an unspecified later date. A guilty verdict is believed to be a foregone conclusion.