Tania Branigan “China tries to draw line under political scandal with life sentence for Bo Xilai” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/22/china-life-sentence-bo-xilai
The case steered well clear of what most regarded as the significant issues: the brutality of his tenure in Chongqing*2, which alarmed liberals for its ruthlessness, and tussles within the leadership. Bo polarised people inside and outside the party.
"We all know Bo's real crime was to do with 'striking the black' [his anti-gang crackdown, which saw the widespread use of torture]. To not mention this crime, while mentioning corruption and bribery – it is pointless. It is aimed at destroying his reputation," said the political scientist Zhang Ming, who added that it had not been very successful in that regard.
*1:See also http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20120501/1335892449 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20120619/1340122652 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20120623/1340383501 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20130725/1374743355 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/sumita-m/20130726/1374804095
*2:Tania Branigan “Bo Xilai: downfall of a neo-Maoist party boss who got things done” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/30/bo-xilai-profile