- CNTV English - CCTV News

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:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program