, JINAN, Aug 23 – The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in east China’s Shandong Province continued to hear the bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power case involving Bo Xilai on Friday morning.
Friday’s open trial started at 8:39am.
Bo, 64, was former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.
During Thursday’s trial, prosecutors said Bo accepted bribes worth about 21.79 million yuan (about $3.5 million) from businessmen Tang Xiaolin and Xu Ming and embezzled five million yuan of public funds from the Dalian government.
He was also accused of abusing power when dealing with his wife Bogu Kailai’s murder case and associate Wang Lijun’s defection in 2012.
Bo denied the charge of bribe-taking during the court hearing which was attended by more than 100 people, including Bo’s five relatives and 19 journalists on Thursday.
The court approved all applications by Bo, who was emotionally stable and physically healthy during the trial, to express his views.