BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Senior figures in China’s ruling Communist Party fear ousted politician Bo Xilai could stage a political comeback one day if he is not dealt a harsh sentence in his trial for corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power, according to sources.
Bo was a rising star who analysts say was seen as a potential rival to President Xi Jinping for leadership of the Party and country before his career was spectacularly derailed by a lurid murder scandal involving his wife.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted top politician Bo Xilai on Monday, the fifth day of his landmark trial, saying his “whimsical” challenge to bribery, graft and abuse of power charges flew in the face of the evidence.
Bo was a rising star in China’s leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal in which his wife Gu Kailai was convicted of poisoning a British businessman, Neil Heywood, who had been a family friend.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai angrily ripped into his former police chief on Sunday on the fourth day of his trial, calling him a “vile character” who faked testimony accusing Bo of covering up a murder committed by his wife.
Bo was a rising star in China’s leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal which saw his wife Gu Kailai convicted of poisoning a British businessman.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai accepted responsibility for 5 million yuan ($817,000) in funds he is accused of embezzling which ended up in his wife’s bank account, saying he had let his attention wander, in testimony read out in court on Saturday.
Bo, once a rising star in China’s leadership, is facing charges of corruption, bribery and abuse of power in China’s most dramatic trial since the Gang of Four were dethroned in 1976, at the end of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – Testimony in the trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has produced salacious details about the opulent and supposedly corrupt lifestyle of the family of the once high-flying Communist Party aristocrat.
But perhaps no tidbit has attracted as much attention as the piece of exotic meat Bo’s son, Guagua, brought back from a visit to Africa in 2011.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – China’s state media called ousted politician Bo Xilai arrogant and a liar for his robust defense at his landmark trial, the country’s highest profile court case since the Gang of Four was dethroned in the 1970s and put in the dock.
Bo’s trial in the eastern city of Jinan entered the second day on Friday. On Thursday, Bo, the former Communist Party chief of the Chongqing region, said he was framed in bribery charges against him and had admitted to them under psychological pressure during interrogation.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in public for the first time in more than a year on Thursday to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country’s most politically charged case in more than three decades.
A court in the city of Jinan said on its microblog feed that Bo, five of his family members and 19 journalists attended the hearing. It did not give details.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – The long-awaited trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai opens on Thursday, beginning the final, dramatic chapter of the country’s most politically charged case in more than three decades.
Bo, 64, will appear in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city of Jinan, where he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. He will almost certainly be found guilty.
JINAN, China (Reuters) – The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be televised live to reporters in eastern China, a Hong Kong-based broadcaster said, a landmark move by authorities to appear transparent as they put a lid on the country’s biggest political scandal in decades.
Bo, 64, is set to appear in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city of Jinan in Shandong province, capping the country’s biggest political scandal since the 1976 downfall of the Gang of Four at the end of the Cultural Revolution.
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – China’s photogenic “first lady” Peng Liyuan played steel drums in Trinidad, strolled hand-in-hand with a coffee farmer’s daughter in Costa Rica and snapped pictures with her iPhone in the shadow of Mayan ruins in Mexico.
But the glamorous and popular wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped out of the spotlight for two days in California while her husband held unprecedented informal talks with U.S. President Barack Obama at a lush retreat in the desert on the last leg of a four-country trip.