China leaders fear Bo comeback if sentence is not harsh - sources

August 27, 2013 6:10 PM

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China leaders fear Bo comeback if sentence is not harsh - sources

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Senior figures in China's ruling Communist Party fear ousted politician Bo Xilai could stage a political comeback one day if he is not dealt a harsh sentence in his trial for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, according to sources.

Bo was a rising star who analysts say was seen as a potential rival to President Xi Jinping for leadership of the Party and country before his career was spectacularly derailed by a lurid murder scandal involving his wife.

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