|Bo Xilai trial judge says case is ‘extremely complicated,’ five relatives admitted to court
The judge presiding over the trial of politician Bo Xilai described the case today as “extremely complicated.’’ Bo went on trial in Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. (Pictured, a protester holds a Mao Zedon portrait outside the Jinan court today)
“The chief judge announces the trial has begun and has called the defendant Bo Xilai to the court,'' the court announced on its verified microblog account, adding that Bo was brought in by court police.
The case is "extremely complicated'', it quoted chief judge Wang Xuguang as saying.
The galleries were packed, the court said, with five relatives of the accused present, two assistants, 19 journalists and 84 members of the public.
Once one of China's prominent politicians, Bo headed the southwestern megacity of Chongqing and belonged to the 25-member Politburo.
His downfall began in November 2011 when British businessman Neil Heywood was found dead in a hilltop hotel room in a scandal that saw Bo's police chief flee to a US consulate and his wife, Gu Kailai, convicted of murder.
Scores of blue-uniformed police blocked the roads around the front and side entrances of the court early today.—AFP