By , Published: Sept. 23

Yesterday, the Jinan Municipal Court convicted Bo Xilai of his crimes and sentenced him to life in prison, bringing an end to China’s most sensational political scandal in a generation. Though Bo has appealed his suspension, this is just a formality: His life as a free man is over.

Like any major political event, it’ll take awhile before we understand the full ramifications of what the Bo Xilai trial means for China. But for now, it’s worth going back and remembering who Bo is, why he got into so much trouble, and what the consequences of his downfall are.

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