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Bo Xilai appeal against life sentence rejected by Chinese court

A court in eastern China has rejected an appeal by ousted senior politician Bo Xilai and upheld his life sentence on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
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Fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai has had his appeal rejected. 

In August the one-time powerful politician was sentenced to life for receiving bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power.

During his original trial he surprised observers by putting up a strong defence rather than throwing himself on the mercy of the court.

He said the bribes had gone to his wife who also murdered a British businessman together with her lover the police chief.

He then appealed, but in China appeals of this nature rarely succeed and the Shandong high court has rejected his arguments.