- Posted August 22, 2013 by
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai denies taking bribe
He is charged with receiving about 21.8 million Yuan ($3.56 million) in bribes from Xu Ming, a plastics-to-property entrepreneur who is a close friend and is in custody, and Tang Xiaolin, the general manager of Hong Kong-based export company Dalian International Development Ltd, the court said.
For months, most in China and abroad had assumed the prosecution of Bo Xilai would be a mere show trial, predictably scripted, with a predetermined guilty verdict.
“It is possible that this new development will complicate the government's efforts to control the outcome of the trial," Attorney Mou Shaoping, a veteran of several high profile cases, said.
His guilt is an almost foregone conclusion given that prosecutors and courts come under Communist Party control.
The trial went into recess after about eight hours of testimony and was to resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday.