China court rejects Bo Xilai's appeal [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ? ? A Chinese court rejected fallen politician Bo Xilai's appeal against his corruption conviction and confirmed his life sentence yesterday, as authorities looked to draw a line under a damaging scandal. Until 2012 Bo headed the southwestern megacity of Chongqing and was one of the highest-ranked politicians in the ruling Commu nist party, but was engulfed by a lurid controversy that saw his wife convicted of murdering a British businessman. He was condemned to life imprisonment on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power last month, and analysts said that yesterday's decision meant there was no comeback for a man once tipped for the very top echelons of Chinese power. Bo had presented 11 grounds for appeal, it said, including that his confessions in custody were "produced under pressure from officials handling the case, and as illegal evidence should be disregarded". State broadcaster CCTV showed Bo handcuffed in court, wearing a black jacket and smiling as he was flanked by two towering policemen in white gloves. ? ?
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