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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, then Chonqing city police chief Wang Lijun speaks during a press conference in Chongqing, southwestern China. Wang, the ex-police chief at the center of China's seamy political scandal asked U.S. diplomats for asylum after he covered up a murder for the wife of the Communist Party boss but then grew estranged and feared for his life, the Chinese government said Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.  (AP Photo, File) CHINA OUT
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2008 file photo, then Chonqing city police chief Wang Lijun speaks during a press conference in Chongqing, southwestern China. Wang, the ex-police chief at the center of China's seamy political scandal asked U.S. diplomats for asylum after he covered up a murder for the wife of the Communist Party boss but then grew estranged and feared for his life, the Chinese government said Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (AP Photo, File) CHINA OUT
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(AP) A Chinese court is issuing a 15-year prison term for the ex-police chief whose attempted asylum bid triggered China's messiest political scandal in decades.


The official Xinhua News Agency said the Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu ordered the jail term Monday for Wang Lijun after convicting him of defecting, abuse of power and other crimes.


The sentence is lighter than the 20 years in prison sentencing guidelines suggest. The reduction is for Wang's help in exposing the central element in the scandal the murder of a British businessman by the wife of his former boss, Bo Xilai.


With Bo's wife and Wang both now sentenced, Chinese leaders are now expected to turn to announcing whether Bo will face criminal prosecution.


Associated Press
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