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China says investigating Bo for criminal offenses

 FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai adjusts his glasses during a plenary session of the Nationa...
 FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Pol...
 FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Bo Xilai, Chongqing party secretary, attends the closing session of the annual National People's Congress i...
 FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, then-Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, front row, attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Pol...

China Political Scandal

FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, then Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai adjusts his glasses during a plenary session of the Nationa...

China Political Scandal

FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Pol...

China Political Scandal

FILE - In this March 14, 2012 file photo, Bo Xilai, Chongqing party secretary, attends the closing session of the annual National People's Congress i...

China Political Scandal

FILE - In this March 13, 2012 file photo, then-Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, front row, attends the closing session of the Chinese People's Pol...

China's top prosecutor's office says it is investigating disgraced politician Bo Xilai for criminal offenses as authorities move quickly to resolve a damaging public scandal that caused divisive infighting among the leadership.
The Supreme People's Procuratorate said late Friday that it has placed Bo under investigation for unspecified crimes and has imposed coercive measures on him _ a euphemism for jail.
The prosecutor's announcement came hours after the legislature stripped Bo, once a member of the leadership, of his last official post, removing his immunity from prosecution. The move is largely a formality.
Bo's fate was sealed last month when his fellow leaders expelled him from the Communist Party and accused him of misdeeds ranging from corruption to negligence after he learned that his wife had murdered a British businessman.