Ex-police chief jailed in China over link to Bo Xilai scandal

Monday 24 September 2012 23.47
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Former police chief Wang Lijun was jailed for 15 years
Former police chief Wang Lijun was jailed for 15 years
Bo Xilai's wife was convicted of murdering a British businessman
Bo Xilai's wife was convicted of murdering a British businessman

A Chinese court has jailed ex-police chief Wang Lijun for 15 years after finding him guilty on four charges.

They included seeking to conceal the murder of a British businessman, in a scandal that felled ambitious politician Bo Xilai.

The verdict ends the career of one of China's most controversial police officers and moves the ruling Communist Party closer to deciding the fate of Mr Bo, whose contentious downfall has shaken a looming leadership handover.

The Intermediate People's Court of Chengdu in southwest China said Mr Wang, former police chief of southwestern Chongqing municipality, received the sentence for "bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking", according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

"Wang Lijun stated to the court that he will not appeal," said the Xinhua report.

Mr Wang's lawyer, Wang Yuncai, was not available for comment immediately after the announcement.

The scandal that felled both men erupted after Gu Kailai, the wife of Mr Bo, murdered British businessman Neil Heywood in November 2011 in Chongqing, where Mr Bo was Communist Party chief.

As well as the conviction of sabotaging an investigation into the murder, Mr Wang was found guilty of defecting to a US consulate, taking bribes and conducting illegal surveillance.

Officials have said the murder arose from a business dispute in Chongqing, which Mr Bo and Mr Wang ran as their fiefdom.

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