Bo Xilai

Bo Xilai handed over to judicial authorities

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 11:35am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 9:19pm

The Communist Party's disciplinary body announced at a news conference on Wednesday morning that disgraced former Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai and former minister of Railways Liu Zhijun have been handed over to judicial authorities. 

The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has also launched a formal investigation of Sichuan’s former deputy party secretary Li Chuncheng, according to a spokesman at the news conference. Li was accused of influence-peddling and questionable real estate deals, according to state media reports.

Bo, who was expected by many to take a key position in the leadership transition of 2012, was expelled from the Communist Party in September after his wife, Gu Kailai, received a suspended death sentence in August in the murder of British business partner Neil Heywood. The government accused Bo of corruption and of bending the law to hush up the murder.

Liu Zhijun allegedly committed serious economic crimes (such as taking hefty bribes), keeping mistresses, and perpetrating political and moral wrongdoings.