China’s Bo Xilai Expelled and Accused of Corruption

Mr. Bo Xilai in court earlier this month

Mr Bo, the ex-Communist Party leader in the city of Chongqing, is accused of abuse of power and corruption.

His wife, Gu Kailai, was given a suspended death sentence in August for murdering UK national Neil Heywood.

The scandal has overshadowed the party congress that will oversee China’s change of leadership. It will begin on 8 November, state media have announced.

The Bo Xilai announcement ends months of speculation over the fate of a man who was once one of China’s most powerful politicians.

Our correspondent says it is clear China’s leaders wanted to try to end the damaging revelations, with the once-in-a-decade leadership change looming.

He says Mr Bo’s career is over and he will almost certainly spend time in jail.

Mr Bo has not been seen in public since shortly after the scandal erupted and it was announced he was under investigation. He was suspended from his party posts in April.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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