- Posted August 21, 2013 by
Divisive trial in China's Bo Xilai may start early, with secret session
One of the charges against disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai relates to his flouting the authority of central leaders in Beijing.
Bo is standing trial abuse of power
Mr. Bo was removed from his post as party chief in Chongqing in March 2012.He had taken advantage of his office to accept an "extremely large amount" of money and properties, state-run news agency Xinhua said, citing the indictment.
Until his ouster, Bo was the Communist Party chief of the mega-city of Chongqing and one of the country's most prominent political figures. But his publicity-seeking ways and his revival of Mao Zedong-era radical campaigns alarmed many in the political elite.
Rumors had also swirled about the Bo family's wealth and the shenanigans of his son. Bo is standing trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
They need Bo to stage a show
The trial will be televised live to reporters in a hotel in Jinan, where a media reception center has been set up especially for reporters, Phoenix Television reported late on Tuesday, citing an unnamed television official from Shandong.
''The stage is already set, they are now very confident everything is completely under control,'' said political analyst Chen Ziming.''They need Bo to stage a show so [his supporters] will be delivered a psychological blow and shut up for good,'' Mr. Chen said.
''I don't rule out that even [Mr. Bo's] defense testimony has been vetted and pre-approved by authorities. He will only read it word for word.''
Journalists cannot into the courtroom
Attendance at the proceedings is likely to be strictly controlled, with independent media barred. Journalists are not expected to be allowed into the courtroom.