It has just been announced that the Top Chinese politician Bo Xilai who has been at the heart of China's biggest political scandal in recent years, will face prosecution and expulsion from the communist party, over charges relating to alleged corruption, abuse of power, bribe-taking and improper relations with women.

The scandal which felled Xilai centres around his wife, Gu Kailai, and her aide, who were convicted of killing UK national Neil Heywood in August because of "economic conflict". Kilai received a suspended death sentence.

Then the role of former chief of police Wang Lijun came to light, as he first covered up the death because of political pressure, and then decided to reopen the case, which then prompted him to defect to a US embassy fearing the repercussions of this action. He returned to the Chinese communist party, and stood trial, where he was charged with defection, power abuse and bribe-taking where he received a 15 year sentence. Mr Bo has not been seen in public since shortly after the scandal erupted as he was said to be under investigation. There are no dates set yet for the trial to begin.

Written and presented by Ann Salter