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Wang Lijun, born in 1959 in Inner Mongolia, was vice mayor and police chief of Chongqing Municipality. Photo: AP

5. Downfall of Wang Lijun and Bo Xilai

Wang Lijun, former deputy mayor of Chongqing and police chief, entered the US consulate in Chengdu without authorization on February 6 and left the next day, an unusual move that rocked the Chinese politics in 2012. A court later convicted Wang of covering up a murder in November of British businessman Neil Heywood, by Gu Kailai, wife of Chongqing's former Party chief Bo Xilai. Wang, who was found guilty of defection, abuse of power, taking bribes and bending the law for personal gain, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Gu kailai was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for committing intentional homicide. Bo’s political career came to a crashing halt and he is awaiting his fate.

More: Wang Lijun: from hero to prisoner


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