Oct. 25 - A Chinese high court rejects an appeal by former senior politician Bo Xilai against his life sentence for corruption and abuse of power. Sarah Toms reports.
The appeal was brief and held no surprises. This court in eastern China rejected the appeal of former politician Bo Xilai and upheld his life sentence. Once the Chongqing Communist Party leader, Bo appeared in court in handcuffs with a slight smile. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) HOU JIANJUN, SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHANDONG PROVINCE HIGHER PEOPLE'S COURT, SAYING: "The grounds of the appeal raised by Bo Xilai and his counsel have no factual and legal basis, therefore do not stand. According to relevant terms in the Criminal Procedure Law of the People's Republic of China, (the Shandong province Higher People's Court) upholds the original verdict and rejects his appeal." Bo was a rising star in China's leadership but was jailed for life in September after a dramatic fall from grace. His career was stopped short last year when his wife was convicted of poisoning a British businessman. He was then found guilty of taking bribes and abusing his office by using his position to cover up her crime. Few people expected Bo's conviction to be overturned. The courts are controlled by the Communist Party, which had pronounced him guilty long ago. The appeals process now seems to be exhausted and Bo will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.