Wang Lijun in court on 24/09/12
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Bo Xilai scandal: Police chief Wang Lijun jailed for 15 years

Wang Lijun, the ex-police chief at the heart of China's biggest political scandal in years has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for bribery, abuse of power, defection and "bending the law", state media report.

The policeman's flight in February to a US consulate led to the downfall of his ex-boss, top politician Bo Xilai.

Mr Bo's wife was convicted in August of killing UK national Neil Heywood. Wang was accused of helping in a cover-up.

The BBC's John Sudworth reports.

  • 24 Sep 2012
  • From the section Asia