China says investigating Bo for criminal offenses

Associated Press
FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Bo Xilai, Chongqing party secretary, attends the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing.  Chinese lawmakers stripped disgraced politician Bo Xilai of his last official position Friday, Oct. 26, 2012,  formally expelling him from the country's top legislature and setting the stage for criminal proceedings against the once-rising political star. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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BEIJING (AP) — China's top prosecutor's office says it is investigating disgraced politician Bo Xilai for criminal offenses as authorities move quickly to resolve a damaging public scandal that caused divisive infighting among the leadership.

The Supreme People's Procuratorate said late Friday that it has placed Bo under investigation for unspecified crimes and has imposed coercive measures on him — a euphemism for jail.

The prosecutor's announcement came hours after the legislature stripped Bo, once a member of the leadership, of his last official post, removing his immunity from prosecution. The move is largely a formality.

Bo's fate was sealed last month when his fellow leaders expelled him from the Communist Party and accused him of misdeeds ranging from corruption to negligence after he learned that his wife had murdered a British businessman.

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