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Beijing - The verdict in the case of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be issued on Sunday morning, the court that tried him said on Wednesday on its verified social media account.
“The Jinan Intermediate People's Court will openly announce its verdict on the Bo Xilai bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power case on September 22, 2013 at 10 am,” it said on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
Bo, once the top official in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, fell from grace last year after his police chief fled to a US consulate. His wife was later convicted of the murder of a British businessman.
Bo vehemently denied the charges against him in an extraordinary trial last month, when the prosecution accused him of corruptly obtaining 26.8 million yuan ($4.4 million) and covering up the killing committed by his wife.
Revelations of private jet flights, luxury villas and gifts of rare animal meats held Chinese Internet users spellbound during the proceedings, with the court's weibo account gaining more than half a million followers over the period.
Bo was once tipped for membership of China's most powerful political body but the court is almost certain to find him guilty.
If he is convicted, his punishment remains in question. The charges against him mean he could be handed a death sentence, but analysts expect him to receive a lengthy prison term.
Bo's populism won supporters across China but alienated some top leaders of the ruling party, who saw his brash approach as a return to a bygone era of strongman rule. - AFP