Jul 26, 2013

    China charges Bo Xilai with corruption

    CHINA charged disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power and corruption yesterday, paving the way for a trial seen by many as a test of legal reform and President Xi Jinping's commitment to fight corruption.

    Prosecutors in the eastern city of Jinan, in Shandong province, indicted Bo, state news agency Xinhua said, meaning the trial will take place there.

    Xinhua did not say when Bo's trial will start. But a source with direct knowledge of the case said the trial could begin in the middle of next month.

    Bo took advantage of his position as a civil servant to seek profits for others and accepted an "extremely large amount"of money and properties, Xinhua quoted the indictment paper as saying.

    He also embezzled a huge amount of public money and abused his power, seriously harming the interests of the state and people, the report said.

    Bo had committed serious crimes and will be indicted on the charges of bribery, embezzlement and power abuse, Xinhua quoted the indictment as saying. He had been informed of his legal rights and interviewed by prosecutors, it said.

    Several political analysts said Bo's punishment could range from a prison term of 15 to 20 years to a suspended death sentence.

    His upcoming court sessions are expected to amount to little more than a show trial, in which a verdict has already been negotiated by Communist Party leaders.