Bo Xilai gets life in prison

A resident community adjacent to the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court is cordoned off on Sunday. Photo: Linda Chen/Sino-US.com

A court in eastern China has found former senior politician Bo Xilai guilty of charges of corruption, taking bribes and abuse of power, sentencing the ousted official to life in prison and stripping his political rights for life on Sunday.

At around 10 am when the guilty verdict was about to be announced, a flock of Bo's supporters were holding a rally outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, even though the local police had cordoned off the blocks and streets adjacent to the court.

"The biased reports on Bo's case misinterpreted his legitimate defense at the court as retracting his previous confessions. I am expecting a just verdict," a man surnamed Li from Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, who called himself a supporter of Bo, told sino-us.com.

Li also said that he was warned not to come to Jinan in a phone call from a Wuhan police station.

Policemen set barricades on a street adjacent to the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Sunday. Photo: Linda Chen/Sino-US.com

A man from Hebei province argued that Bo should be acquitted.

Dozens of Jinan policemen were deployed to prevent the masses from approaching the court, with backup from a nearby city dispatched to help maintain order, a source revealed to sino-us.com.

A Bo supporter told sino-us.com that Jihua Mansion where a media center is located was placed under a total curfew.

Bo's supporters demonstrated outside the court separately due to the tight security, holding no banner and chanting no slogan.

After the announcement of the verdict, whether or not Bo will lodge an appeal became a talking pointing among citizens.

(The article is translated and edited by Ding Yi)


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