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Chinese Court to Announce Verdict in Bo Case

A Chinese court is expected to hand down a guilty verdict Sunday in the corruption profile of former senior politician Bo Xilai.

Security was tight outside the Jinan People's Court ahead of the decision in one of China's most closely watched political scandals in decades.

Bo went on trial last month on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The 64-year-old former Politburo member acknowledged making mistakes, but denied most of the charges.



Bo was removed as party secretary of Chongqing and ousted from the Politburo last year, after that city's former police chief fled to a U.S. consulate with evidence about the Bo family's alleged involvement in the 2011 murder of a British businessman.

Prosecutors say Briton Neil Heywood was killed as a result of a financial dispute with Bo's wife, who was convicted of the murder last year and given a suspended death sentence, essentially a life term in prison.

Analysts have said China's top political leaders almost certainly decided beforehand that Bo will be found guilty and receive a lengthy prison sentence, as in other sensitive political trials in China.

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