Chinese law, graft clampdown praised after Bo trial: Media

Chinese law, graft clampdown praised after Bo trial: Media
Former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai is sentenced to life in prison at a court in Jinan, Shandong province.

BEIJING - Chinese state media Monday praised the country's legal system and Beijing's anti-corruption drive following fallen politician Bo Xilai's trial, which it said was a landmark achievement that demonstrated "nobody has powers outside the law".

Bo, a former member of the Communist Party's elite politburo, was sentenced to life in prison Sunday and banned from politics after what was described in a China Daily editorial headline as "An exemplary trial".

The newspaper also said the proceedings proved that a corruption crackdown launched by Beijing was targeting both local level party members and higher-ranking officials such as Bo, who was the former party boss of the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing.

"There had been concerns that the fight was aimed only at those below the vice ministerial level" with voices deriding "the crackdown as only targeting flies rather than tigers", the editorial said.

"The sentence Bo received shows that no corrupt element is immune from the fight."

The China Daily also said that the "entire court proceedings were made public" on Jinan Intermediate People's Court verified page on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

There is no way of independently verifying the claim. Foreign journalists were not allowed in the court.

Separately, a Hong Kong newspaper claimed that Bo had reacted angrily as he was sentenced.

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