Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai vows to clear his name
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has compared his plight to that of his father, Bo Yibo, a revolutionary hero, and said that one day his name will be cleared.
In a letter to his family and close friends, published just days before Bo is due to be sentenced for corruption and abuse of power, former party chief for the industrial city of Chongqing wrote that he “will wait quietly in the prison” for his innocence to be established. The letter was printed by Hong Kong’s English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post.
“My father was jailed many times. I will follow his footsteps,” Bo wrote. The People’s Intermediate Court in the Shandong city of Jinan said this week it would hand down its verdict at 10am on Sunday. Bo has been charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. Sources say he is likely to be jailed for less than 15 years and will appeal. His wife, Gu Kailai, and his former protégé and police chief Wang Lijun were jailed last year over China’s biggest political scandal in years, after Gu was convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood in November 2011. Soon after, Bo was detained.
His late father Bo Yibo was a Communist Party blueblood and the last of a group of party leaders who consolidated their power in the 1980s and 1990s, oversaw the Tiananmen Square massacre and are known as the “Eight Immortals”.
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