Conflict & Justice

Chinese Police Chief Gets 15 Years in Jail

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Chongqing municipality ex-police chief Wang Lijun (C) looks on during his sentencing inside the courtroom of the Chengdu People's Intermediate Court in Chengdu, Sichuan province in this still image taken from video September 24, 2012. Wang was found guilty on four charges, including seeking to conceal the murder of a British businessman Neil Heywood in a scandal that felled the ambitious politician Bo Xilai. REUTERS/CCTV via REUTERS TV (CHINA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

A former Chinese police chief at the center of a messy political scandal has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

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Wang Lijun was convicted of crimes including defection, abuse of power and initially covering up the murder of a British businessman.

He admitted his guilt.

Earlier this year, Wang fled to a US consulate and alleged that the wife of a prominent politician, Bo Xilai, had killed her business partner in a dispute over money.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the World's Mary Kay Magistad in Beijing.

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