Former Chinese Communist Party heavyweight Bo Xilai has been found guilty of corruption, embezzelment and bribery charges. A court in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in Eastern China, sentenced the former leader of the city of Chongqing to life in prison with the right to appeal on Sunday.
The verdict comes as no surprise. State-owned media have virtually condemned him since the beginning of the trial. The question was what sentence he would receive.
Mr. Bo had been a rising star among the Communist Party before his expulsion from the Party—the result of a chain of events that began with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, received a suspended death sentence for that murder in August. Bo remains quite popular among the Chinese people despite his political misfortunes.
Adam Minter, Bloomberg's Shanghai correspondent, explains the significance of the verdict.