Posted: Sep 23, 2012 1:14 AM
Updated: Sep 23, 2012 1:15 AM
CHENGDU, China (AP) The sentencing of a former police chief who exposed a murder by a politician's wife is the latest sign that China's leadership is tying off a political scandal to move ahead with a handover of power.
Wang Lijun is expected to be given a lenient sentence by a court in the southwest city of Chengdu on Monday. At his trial last week, Wang confessed to defecting, abuse of power and other charges. Prosecutors argued that he deserved leniency for cooperating in uncovering the murder of a British businessman by the wife of Wang's former boss, disgraced politician Bo Xilai.
The scandal has been the messiest one Communist Party leaders have faced in decades. It triggered bruising internal jostling as the leadership prepares to transfer power to a younger generation.