10/25/2013, 00.00
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Shandong , High Court rejects Bo Xilai appeal: life imprisonment confirmed

The former Party Secretary of Chongqing lost his appeal in less than an hour, the judges rejected his request and upheld the decision of 22 September . Now he will be transferred to "five-star " Qincheng prison.

Beijing ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Shandong High Court has rejected the appeal filed this morning by the former communist leader of Chongqing Bo Xilai and upheld the life sentence handed down on September 22 by the intermediate provincial court. The charges remain the same: corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power. The appeal hearing lasted around an hour. According to the judges "the facts presented in the first instance are clear, cogent and sufficient evidence, it is the appropriate judgment ."

Bo fell out of favor last year due to a scandal - according to many orchestrated by his political opponents - which involved his right arm man and his wife, both in turn condemned for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood .

The trial has garnered major attention in China and worldwide. The Communist Party, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, has used it as an example of its commitment against corruption in national leadership , however , the government committed against bribery also arrested activists and dissidents (Xu Zhiyong above all) asking public officials to disclose their economic and commercial interests . According to the great analyst Willy Lam, the trail against Bo is a farce that highlights the "thirst for power" of the President Xi .

The appeal did not have the same "opennes to the public" of the first trial, during which a court official kept the outside world informed through a live online update. According to Xinhua , the official government news agency, "the facts of the first instance verdict are clear, the evidence is reliable, sufficient and the sentence is appropriate."

Now the former star of the Communist Party will be transferred to the Qincheng prison, in the hills north of Beijing, where all the disgraced Communist leaders are locked up. It is a "five-star" prison with all the comforts: first class chefs, single rooms, the ability to communicate with the outside world.


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