Bo Xilai decries life sentence as 'unfair', 'unjust'

Bo XilaiCourt found Bo guilty on three counts of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. (AP)

Fallen Chinese leader Bo Xilai reacted angrily, shouting "unfair" and "unjust", when a Chinese court gave him a life sentence in a corruption case before he was forcibly taken out of the courtroom.

Bo, 64, erupted in anger after the judge in Jinan

Intermediate People's Court on Sunday sentenced him for

corruption and abuse of power.

The former Politburo member yelled out "Unfair!" and "Unjust!" in an explosive ending to one of China's most politically charged trials in decades, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

"The decision was not based on facts. The court is neither open nor just and didn't take the points made by my defence lawyers and me," Bo shouted before being forcibly taken away by the court's guards.

Analysts say that the life sentence ensures that Bo, who headed the pro-Maoist faction in the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), will not have a chance to come out of prison until the scheduled retirement of President Xi Jinping in 2022.

Xi, regarded as part of the pro-reform faction in the CPC, was elected by the Party Congress late last year as the new General Secretary for a 10-year period.

The court found Bo guilty on three counts of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. Besides the life sentence, he was stripped of political rights and his assets were seized.

Bo's defiant outburst, consistent with the combative performance he put up during his five-day trial last month, was omitted from official accounts of the proceedings, the report said.

The court's microblog said only that Bo "was escorted out of the courtroom" after the verdict was announced.

State media, including CCTV, showed footage and pictures of Bo, the highest leader go on trial in recent years, in handcuffs with a hint of a smile as the verdict was read out.

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