A Chinese court will rule on Friday on the appeal of the once-powerful politician Bo Xilai, it announced on Monday, another step towards closing a scandal that rocked the ruling party. Bo - formerly one of the country's top 25 leaders, who ran Chongqing - was sentenced to life in prison in September by the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province. The Shandong high court said it would "issue a decision regarding the bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power case of the appellant Bo Xilai".
Appeals in such high-profile cases are almost unheard of in Chinese courts, which are tightly controlled by the Communist party. — AFP