Bo Xilai case: Chinese court agrees to hear appeal against conviction

A Chinese high court on Wednesday reportedly agreed to hear appeal from the disgraced politician Bo Xilai who has been convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentenced to life.

Updated: Oct 09, 2013, 13:55 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Beijing: A Chinese high court on Wednesday reportedly agreed to hear appeal from the disgraced politician Bo Xilai who has been convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentenced to life.

The fallen politician was removed from his office last year after corruption charges were levied against him.

The guilty verdict against the former Politburo member was announced by the Jinan Intermediate Court in Shandong province which had conducted a five-day trial in August.

The 64 year old ex Communist Party chief of Chongqing metropolis was also reportedly stripped of all political rights and the court ordered confiscation of his property.

Bo was accused of graft, bribery and of misusing power to cover up his wife’s role in a British businessman Neil Heywood’s murder.

He was also accused of receiving 20 million Yuan as bribes and owning a luxury villa in France.

Just days ahead of the verdict, Bo had jotted down a letter from prison, claiming that one day his name will be cleared.