Fallen Chinese political star Bo Xilai goes on trial

August 22, 2013 6:32 am
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Former Chinese political star Bo Xilai (C) is shown on trial in Jinan, east China's Shandong province, August 22, 2013/AFP
Former Chinese political star Bo Xilai (C) is shown on trial in Jinan, east China’s Shandong province, August 22, 2013/AFP

, JINAN, China August 22- Ousted Chinese political star Bo Xilai went on trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power on Thursday, a court said, in the country’s highest profile prosecution for decades.

Bo was accused of abusing his political powers to cover up his wife’s murder of a British businessman in 2011, according to the Twitter like weibo account of the Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan.

A picture of Bo posted on the account showed him standing in the dock wearing an open necked white shirt and looking pensive, his hands crossed in front of him.

His hair was short, and tinged with grey at the temples, and he was flanked by two policemen, both taller than him.

Bo took advantage of his position as party secretary of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing to carry out “a series of acts of abuse of power”, the court heard.

Bo also “received 21.8 million yuan” ($3.6 million) in bribes while mayor of the northeastern port city of Dalian, governor of Liaoning province and national minister of commerce, prosecutors said, adding that Bo had also embezzled another five million yuan of public funds.

Bribes were received through Bo’s wife Gu Kailai and his son Bo Guagua, they said.

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