Former Chinese Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai was sentenced to life in prison on Sunday, Sept. 22 after being found guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. The sentence was handed down by the Intermediate People’s court in Jinan, 200 miles southeast of Beijing. Thus far, he is the highest-profile official to be sentenced in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption initiative. Bo was arrested in July after being removed from all political positions and expelled from the Chinese Communist Party. His fall from power began with a March 2012 incident wherein Wang Lijun, then vice mayor of Chongqing, sought refuge at a U.S. consulate. Wang revealed to consulate officials that Bo’s wife was involved in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, whose death had previously been ruled an accident. Bo has already announced his plan to appeal the sentence. (New York Times, ReutersWashington Post Sept. 23; CNN, Sept. 25)