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

The ex-police chief at the heart of China's biggest political scandal in years has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Wang Lijun was jailed for bending the law, defection, abuse of power and bribetaking, state media reported.

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.

John Sudworth reports.

  • 24 Sep 2012