24 Sep 2013

Bo Xilai lodges appeal

3:32 pm on 24 September 2013

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is reportedly appealing against his sentence.

The former party chief of Chongqing was sentenced to life imprisonment on Sunday. He was found guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

The BBC reports the popular politician was removed from office last year amid a scandal that saw his wife convicted for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

He denied all charges in a vigorous defence at his trial.

"He informed the court yesterday of his request for an appeal following the verdict," AFP news agency quoted a lawyer with "direct knowledge" of the case as saying.

Another source quoted by the news agency said Bo would appeal against the "entire verdict".

Earlier, the Communist Party said the life sentence given to Bo showed that no one was above the law.

"The resolute punishment of Bo Xilai according to law has fully shown that there are no exceptions in the face of party discipline and state laws," a commentary in the People's Daily said.