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Trial of Chinese Politician Bo Xilai Ends

August 26, 2013

Deposed Chinese politician Bo Xilai said as his trial came to an end Monday that he was a victim of "fabricated" evidence and of a close relationship between his wife and his police chief.

Bo, 64, presented the closing case for his defence in a five-day trial on charges of corruption and abuse of power, according to a transcript on the official micro-blog of the court in the eastern city of Jinan.

Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and his police chief in the south-western region of Chongqing were "deeply attached" in a relationship that was a major cause of a murder scandal, he told the court.

Former police chief Wang Lijun fled to a US consulate last year after he "confessed that he was secretly in love with [Bo's wife] Gu Kailai," Bo said.

"[Wang] violated my family, violated my basic emotions, that's the real reason why he ran away," he said.

Gu was convicted of murdering British citizen Neil Heywood and handed a suspended death sentence last year. Wang was sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption, defection and other offences.

Before her arrest in March 2012, Gu "told me very clearly that she didn't murder anyone," Bo said.

"Wang Lijun framed her," he said.

But Bo admitted that he was guilty of "serious misjudgement" in handling the scandal that erupted after Wang entered a US consulate with information that led to Gu's murder conviction.

Bo said his relationship with Gu had been damaged by his admission about 10 years ago that he had an affair.

He said prosecutors' evidence that he accepted bribes worth some 3.5 million dollars and embezzled 5 million yuan (820,000 dollars) from public funds was also "fabricated."

The prosecutors insisted on Monday that Bo was guilty on all charges and should receive "severe punishment" when the court issues its verdict early next month.

Bo's fall from power caused one of the biggest internal rifts in the ruling Communist Party since the 1989 military crackdown on democracy protests. His supporters insist his trial is politically motivated.

In an unprecedented move for such a high-profile case, the court published regular transcripts of the proceedings as well as audiovisual material and documents.

But the transcripts did not appear to be a full record of the proceedings.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Monday quoted sources as saying Bo's remarks were censored by the court to omit "sensitive testimony that might humanize Bo Xilai or cast [party leaders in] Beijing in a bad light."


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