Bo Xilai under formal criminal probe

by Jason Lee on October 27, 2012

BEIJING – Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been placed under criminal investigation, state media said Friday, after he was expelled from the country’s parliament and stripped of his legal immunity.

The announcement follows intense speculation on the fate of the former party boss of the southwestern city of Chongqing in the lead-up to a once-in-a-decade leadership transition set to begin on November 8.

State news agency Xinhua said the Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) removed Mr Bo from his post late last month, but made the announcement only on Friday at a bi-monthly session.

“According to the law on the deputies to NPC and to local people’s congresses, his post was terminated,” Xinhua said, quoting a statement from the standing committee at the end of a four-day meeting.

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