Chongqing scandal

Timeline: the Chongqing scandal

Image taken from CCTV shows Gu Kailai (centre), facing the court during the sentencing for murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in Hefei, Anhui province on August 20, 2012. Photo: AP/CCTV

Bo Xilai: chief secretary of Chongqing from 2007- 2012. Bo, 63, was the son of a senior Communist Party leader. Before the scandal, he had been widely expected to become a member of Standing Committee of the Politburo after the 18th party congress.

Sunday, 30 September, 2012, 4:58pm

Ex-police chief Wang Lijun sentenced to 15 years over Bo Xilai scandal

Chengdu People's Intermediate court spokesman Yang Yuquan delivers the verdict of Wang Lijun on Monday. Photo: AFP

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun – who exposed China’s worst political scandal in a decade – was sentenced to 15 years on Monday morning for defection and other crimes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Wang Lijun to receive verdict on Monday

Former police chief Wang Lijun (right) facing the court during his trial in Chengdu, in southwest Sichuan province. Photo: AFP

The ex-police chief at the centre of a seamy political scandal will be sentenced on Monday as Chinese leaders move to dispatch a messy affair that has upset a tricky transition of power.

21 Sep 2012 - 4:03pm

Bo Xilai's fate unknown as revelations emerge from confidants' trials

Bo Xilai

Lurid details brought to light by the trials of Bo Xilai's two closest confidants have begun to raise serious questions about the disgraced Politburo member's fate - the ultimate climax of the mainland's biggest political thriller in decades.

21 Sep 2012 - 7:23am 8 comments

Xinhua report confirms rumours around Chongqing murder

Ex-police chief Wang Lijun at court in Chengdu. Photo: Reuters

Details of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai's falling out with top aide Wang Lijun have emerged in a state media report on Wang's trial this week, fleshing out the circumstances of China's worst leadership crisis in decades.

20 Sep 2012 - 9:07am

Bo Xilai's police chief Wang Lijun likely to be shown mercy by court

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun speaks during the court hearing in Chengdu yesterday, when his trial on bribery and defection charges ended. Photo: Reuters

Ex-Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun , whose trial on charges including defection and bribery ended yesterday, could receive relatively lenient punishment, the court was told.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:03pm 3 comments

State media report Wang Lijun charges carefully

Wang Lijun. Photo: AP

The state media handle few issues with more sensitivity than a high-profile criminal case with political implications for some of the nation's top leaders.

It's something the mainland's message masters have had practice at this year, as shockwaves from the death of British businessman Neil Heywood in Chongqing in November continue to ripple through the political world.

9 Sep 2012 - 10:56am 1 comment

Bo's former police chief facing four charges

Wang Lijun: tough sentence expected. Photo: Simon Song

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun , whose flight to a US diplomatic mission in February triggered China's worst political crisis in more than two decades, faces four charges including defection and abuse of power, Xinhua said yesterday.

6 Sep 2012 - 8:09am