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Security tight for Bo Xilai verdict

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 01:16

Sept. 22 - A motorcade believed to be carrying ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai arrives in court amid tight security. Paul Chapman reports.

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A convoy of vehicles thought be carrying ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai arrives at court in Jinan city. Security was tight on Sunday for the announcement of the verdict after his trial last month on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Some experts say Bo, once a rising star in China's leadership circles, is unlikely to get the death penalty. Joseph Cheng is chair professor with the department of public and social administration at City University, Hong Kong. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHAIR PROFESSOR AT CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC AND SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION, JOSEPH CHENG, SAYING: "As far as the sentence is concerned, since he has declared his innocence, he argued against the accusations, following the Chinese court practice, this would be a demonstration of bad attitudes and, in view of the sums of the bribery involved, which was considered large by court standards, it is generally expected that this sentence will be around ten years or a little bit more. The political implication, of course, is to ensure the end of his political career." Bo's trial marks the culmination of the country's biggest political scandal since the downfall of the Gang of Four in 1976 at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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Security tight for Bo Xilai verdict

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 01:16