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Last official title taken, Bo Xilai ripe for trial

Disgraced Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Bo Xilai’s spectacular political fall continued today after his membership of China’s top legislature – his last official title -- was terminated, it was announced. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Oct 26, 2012 18:49 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Disgraced Communist Party of China (CPC) leader Bo Xilai’s spectacular political fall continued on Friday after his membership of China’s top legislature – his last official title -- was terminated, it was announced.

Charged with disciplinary violations earlier this year and sacked as mayor of the southwestern city of Chongqing, Bo’s membership of China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), was cancelled on Friday.

Bo’s political plunge is now complete. Today’s termination paves the way for his trial and sentencing by China’s judicial system, which operates under the diktat of the Communist Party. His membership of the Party was suspended in late September.

“The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, announced Friday the termination of Bo Xilai's post as an NPC deputy,” said a statement from the Committee as quoted by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
"According to the law on deputies to the NPC and to local people's congresses, his post was terminated," said a statement of the NPC Standing Committee which wrapped up a bimonthly session Friday.

Accusations against him are turning out to be more serious than perceived earlier – even more serious than his wife Gu’s; Which has led to speculation about whether Bo might get the death sentence.

“Investigations have found that Bo seriously violated CPC disciplines while managing Dalian City, Liaoning Province, and the Ministry of Commerce, as well as serving the Political Bureau member and the Chongqing Party chief,” the statement said.

“Investigations also showed Bo had abused his power, made severe mistakes and borne major responsibility in an incident that former Chongqing vice-mayor Wang Lijun entered, without permission, the U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu, and an intentional homicide case involving Bogu Kailai, Bo's wife,” the statement added.

It was Wang’s fleeing to the US consulate in Chengdu, apparently after he was threatened by Bo that trigged the collapse of his boss’s promising political career; his wife, Gu, is serving time following a suspended death sentence after she confessed to murdering Neil Heywood, a British businessman.

The statement added: “Bo was accused of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others and received huge bribes personally or through his family. His position was utilised by his wife to seek profits for others, and the Bo family accepted a huge amount of money and property from others.”

Allegations like colluding in murder, force an official to defect and large-scale corruption could invite the death sentence. If it does – despite Bo’s background as a ‘princeling’, the son of a prominent Communist leader Bo Yibo – it will be the last proverbial nail in his coffin.