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Beijing residents back Bo jailing

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 01:31

Sept. 22 - Residents in Beijing say the life jail term imposed on Bo Xilai is fair. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Disgraced politician Bo Xilai leaves court in the Chinese city of Jinan after learning his fate on Sunday. He's been found guilty of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. He's been jailed for life. The court also ordered the seizure of his personal assets. Among Beijing's residents there was little sympathy for the one-time rising star in China's leadership circles. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 33-YEAR-OLD TRANSLATOR WANG CHUNYUE, SAYING: "I think it's about what I predicted, or at least a little easier. I thought he might be sentenced to death. But this a little more lenient. At least it shows that his example serves as a signal for other high officials, that their own cases will be weighed by the law." (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 36-YEAR-OLD BEIJING RESIDENT MS. WANG, SAYING: "I think that the process of the trial and the outcome were open, fair and just, and reflect the relevant issues and the real situation at hand." Bo's seemingly glittering political career ground to a halt because of a murder scandal. His wife was convicted of poisoning British businessman and former family friend Neil Heywood. Bo failed to act when suspicions of his wife's involvement were reported to him by his former police chief. The 64-year-old has ten days to appeal, from Monday, an option state media predicted he was likely to pursue.

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Beijing residents back Bo jailing

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 01:31