Chinese court to hear Bo’s appeal

AFP-JIJI

A Chinese court will consider an appeal by fallen Communist Party star Bo Xilai after he was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power last month, a statement said Wednesday.

Bo had “refused to accept the decision” at his trial and submitted an appeal to the Shandong High Court, the court said in a statement on its website. “This court, upon investigation, decided in accordance with the law to accept.”

Bo, the central figure in China’s biggest political scandal in decades, was sentenced to life in prison in September by the Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan, the provincial capital of Shandong. Experts have said an appeal is unlikely to succeed, with the ruling Communist Party retaining strict control over the judiciary.