China’s Bo Xilai charged with corruption

China has formally charged a former prominent member of its Communist Party with bribery, corruption, and abuse of power in one of the countryâ„¢s biggest-ever political scandals.

Chinaâ„¢s official news agency Xinhua reported that the trial of Bo Xilai is expected to get underway soon in the city of Jinan, eastern province of Shandong.

The indictment against Bo was brought to court on Thursday.

Å“Bo took the advantage of his position as a civil servant to seek gains for others, as well as accepted bribes in the form of large amounts of money and property,” the indictment read.

Bo has not been seen in public since he was fired as the municipal chief of the city of Chongqing in March 2012.

The former Communist Party figure Å“embezzled a large amount of public money and abused his power, seriously harming the interests of the state and people,” the indictment added.

Bo, 64, was expelled from the Communist Party of China in September 2012 over allegations of massive corruption, illegal sexual affairs and complicity in the cover-up of a murder by his wife.

He was one of Chinaâ„¢s high-profile politicians and considered a contender for one of the seven seats on the partyâ„¢s Standing Committee.

On August 20, 2012, Boâ„¢s wife, Gu Kailai, was found guilty of murder and given a suspended death sentence.

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Republished from: Press TV