Bo Xilai scandal: Police chief Wang Lijun jailed for 15 years

Wang Lijun

The ex-police chief at the heart of China’s biggest political scandal in years has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Wang Lijun was jailed for ”bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribetaking.

The policeman’s flight in February to a US consulate led to the downfall of his ex-boss, top politician Bo Xilai.

Mr Bo’s wife was convicted in August of killing UK national Neil Heywood. Wang was accused of helping in a cover-up.

The former chief of police in the city of Chongqing, where Bo Xilai was Communist Party leader – had faced up to 20 years in jail, but prosecutors called his co-operation “meritorious service”.

The ”combined term” of 15 years in prison included nine years for bribery, seven for bending the law, two for defection and two for abuse of power, state television reported.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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