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Court rejects Bo's appeal, upholds original verdict

10-28-2013 14:30 BJT

By CCTV reporter Hou Na

The Shandong Higher People’s Court today announced its decision to reject Bo Xilai’s appeal. The Higher Court upheld the original verdict of life imprisonment. This brings down the curtains on the case of one of the most high-ranking Chinese officials to come under scrutiny for corruption.

A final appearance in court.

The decision was announced forty minutes after the session opened.

After review by the collegial panel, Shandong Higher People’s Court handed its decision.

The result did not come as a surprise.

"The facts are clear, with concrete and sufficient evidence. The sentence given to Bo Xilai is appropriate. The trial was based on legal procedures. The confession and material given by Bo Xilai conforms to the evidence and testimonies given by the witnesses. Arguments presented for Bo Xilai’s appeal are based neither on facts nor legal basis. The Higher Court therefore rejects Bo’s appeal, and upholds the original verdict." Hou Jianjun, Spokesman of Shandong Higher People's Court said.

Bo listed eleven reasons in his appeal.
The collegial panel reviewed all the case files and video footage of the first trial, examined Bo’s appeal documents and the case presented by the defense lawyers.
In accordance with Bo’s litigation rights, the panel interrogated him several times, spoke to his lawyers, and verified all the evidence confirmed during the first trial.

"The unprecedented transparency and openness of the trial has been hailed both at home and abroad. The once promising political star has been handed his final sentence: spending rest of his life behind bars. This is the end of Bo’s dramatic trial, but China’s anti-corruption campaign to go after both high-ranking ’tigers’ and low-ranking ’flies’ is far from over."

Bo’s trial showcases the CPC’s determination to crackdown on corruption.

Others to fall from grace include former railway minister Liu Zhijun, who received a suspended death sentence for corruption in July, and Liu Tienan, former energy chief, now under investigation.
The real-time microblogging also gave the public a direct channel through which to follow high-profile legal proceedings.

The open trial of Bo Xilai is a big step forward for China’s judicial system. It serves as a warning that no matter how high your position is, breaking the law will be severely punished.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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