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Chinese Official at Center of Scandal Is Found Guilty and Given a Life Term

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Given the Communist Party’s tight control of the judiciary, there was never much doubt that the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in eastern China would find Mr. Bo guilty. Even before the verdict, commentaries in state run news media declared that Mr. Bo’s guilt was clear.

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Tong Zhiwei, a professor at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, said the life sentence was to be expected, given that Mr. Bo remained combative to the end and because he offered little of the aaa replica designer handbags contrition expected of fallen officials.

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Before reading out the sentence, the judge, Wang Xuguang, rejected Mr. Bo’s defense, including claims that his long hours of interrogation were abusive and thus illegal. He also brushed away the defendant’s assertion that Ms. Gu had psychological problems that rendered unreliable replica Purse her testimony against her husband.

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In recent weeks, several senior figures who rose to power under Mr. Zhou’s tutelage have been Designer Fake Bags detained by anticorruption investigators in what analysts say could be an effort to extinguish his lingering influence.

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“This was a Replica Bags stiff sentence. He should have been found not guilty, if the law was truly applied,” said Han Deqiang, a professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics who has been among Mr. Bo’s most passionate defenders. “This shows that power is bigger than the law, that politics is bigger than the law.”

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