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Death Sentence Reduced to Life in Prison for Wife of Bo Xilai
   2015-12-14 19:23:06    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Li Chenxi

File photo of the intentional homicide trial of Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun held in the Hefei Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Anhui Province. [Photo: CCTV]

It's been proposed the death sentences of Bo Xilai's wife Bogu Kailai and the former railway minister Liu Zhijun be commuted to life imprisonment.

The prison authorities said the criminals have expressed repentance and had made no intentional offences during their reprieve.

Both have accepted ideological education and had taken part in physical labor activities in jail.

62 year old Liu was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in 2013 over taking bribes of over 64 million yuan and abusing power.

In 2012, the same penalty went to Bogu Kailai, wife of the former Party Chief of Chongqing Municipality, accused of murdering a British citizen.

The Beijing Higher Peoples' Court has received the commutation petition, but it didn't say when a decision would be made.

Under China's Criminal Law, a death sentence with a reprieve can be commuted to life imprisonment if the prisoners don't purposely commit crimes during the period of the reprieve.

The life sentence is also likely to be commuted to 25 years if the inmates perform well and make great contributions in prison.

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