WASHINGTON — Bo Xilai, the ousted and disgraced Chinese Communist leader, is going to appeal his life sentence in prison.
Reuters reported that Xilai “has already appealed” his sentence, which will take up to two months in the Chinese court system. He said during his trial that he was framed for corruption charges and funneling state money to his own pockets.
He was a rising star in Communist Party circles until corruption charges took him down. His wife was also found guilty of murdering a British businessman, Neil Heyward, over a business deal. Heyward’s widow is suing her for $8.2 million in damages in court, which is customary in China.
Xilai will probably serve his life sentence as the Communist Party runs the court system.