Bo poured billions into public works and social housing programs while CCP secretary of Chongqing, where he launched a high-profile anti-crime campaign that won him admirers across China.
Despite his popularity, reports of forced confessions and torture during the crime crackdown horrified Chinese liberals, while some top party leaders saw his ambition as challenging the party’s cherished unity.
Yesterday’s verdict drew often cynical responses on Chinese social media.
Bo’s trial “perhaps is not the victory of anti-corruption,” a user wrote in English on Sina Weibo, calling it “further evidence” of rampant corruption, including in the judicial system.
Despite the life sentence, Bo might not spend all his remaining days in prison.
In the past, senior politicians given prison terms have reportedly been released on medical parole and held under strict security at their family homes.