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Chinese court accepts ousted politician's appeal

Iran Press TV

Wed Oct 9, 2013 9:52AM GMT

A Chinese court has accepted to consider an appeal made by ousted high-profile politician Bo Xilai against his sentence to life imprisonment.

The High Court in Chinese eastern province of Shandong, announced its decision in a statement released on its official website on Wednesday.

'Within the appeal period, Bo Xilai refused to accept the court's first instance judgment and submitted an appeal through the Shandong Jinan Intermediate People's Court to this court,' it stated.

'After the appeal period expired on 8 October, upon examination, this court decided to accept the appeal, in accordance with the law.'

Bo appeared in the court in Jinan, capital of Shandong province in August and was charged with receiving bribes totaling 21.8 million Yuan (USD 3.56 million) from two Dalian-based businessmen.

On September 22, he was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and was sentenced to life in prison. The court ordered all of Bo's personal property to be confiscated.

The 64-year-old politician, however, denied the charges brought against him at the hearing.

The former top Chinese official was expelled from the Communist Party of China in September 2012 over allegations of massive corruption, illicit sexual affairs, and complicity in the cover-up of a murder by his wife.

On August 20, 2012, Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was found guilty of the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood and given a suspended death sentence.

MM/PR



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