Corruption Trial Looms for China's Bo Xilai

Former pol accused of bribery, embezzlement

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 25, 2013 2:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly a year after his wife was sentenced in the death of a British businessman, former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai is headed for a trial of his own. He has been charged with corruption, bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power, the BBC reports. The charges accuse Bo of using his job as a Communist Party official to "to seek profits for others," while he himself received an "extremely large amount" of cash and property, the charges say, per the Wall Street Journal. Internal records suggest he'll be tried—probably starting next month, an insider says—for taking $3.2 million in bribes and embezzling $800,000, among other abuses.

In this March 13, 2012 photo, then Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held at Beijing's Great Hall of the People in China. Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai was indicted Thursday, July 25, 2013, on charges of corruption, accepting...
In this March 13, 2012 photo, then Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held at Beijing's Great Hall of the...   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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