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Latest update : 2012-05-16

The Bo Xilai scandal rages on

The former chief of the Communist Party in the Chinese megacity of Chongqing, Bo Xilai, has been sacked - but that's not enough to satisfy his alleged victims. The anti-mafia campaign he oversaw from 2007 left 4,000 people in prison, but critics say not all of those were members of the mafia. They argue the mafia drive was a front for Bo to get rid of his rivals and siphon off their finances. Yet Bo still has supporters willing to defend him in the face of Chinese censorship.

By Shannon VAN SANT , Joris ZYLBERMAN

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