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China’s Bo to appeal life sentence

AFP-JIJI

Former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai will appeal his conviction and life sentence for corruption, a lawyer close to the case said Monday, adding further drama to the high-profile trial.

Bo, the key figure in China’s biggest political scandal in decades, remained unusually defiant during the sensational court proceedings.

“He informed the court . . . of his request for an appeal following the verdict,” said a lawyer with direct knowledge of the situation who asked not to be named. Experts say the appeal should be addressed within two months but is unlikely to succeed, with the ruling Communist Party retaining strict control over the courts.