|Bo Xilai denies 1m yuan bribe from Dalian exec Tang Xiaolin, pleads for fair trial
Ousted politician Bo Xilai who went on trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power today has denied the first bribery charge against him.
Prosecutors said Bo had received bribes of more than 1 million yuan from businessman Tang Xiaolin but he told the court: “Tang Xiaolin's allegation that he gave me money three times is not true.''
Tang is general manager of Hong Kong-based Dalian International Development Ltd, the court said.
The remark by Bo was given in a statement of proceedings so far, posted by the court online.
His trial began at 8:45am today at the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in Shangdong province amid tight security. Five of his relatives were allowed into the courtroom.
A picture of Bo posted on the Weibo account of the court showed him in the dock wearing an open-necked white shirt and looking pensive, his hands crossed in front of him, AFP reports.
“I hope the judge can deal with the case reasonably and fairly,'' the court quoted Bo as saying, adding that he said he had no objections to the evidence presented.
The court was told today that Bo took advantage of his position as party secretary of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing to carry out “a series of acts of abuse of power.’’
Bo also “received 21.8 million yuan’’ in bribes while mayor of the northeastern port city of Dalian, governor of Liaoning province and national minister of commerce, prosecutors said, adding that Bo had also embezzled another five million yuan of public funds.
Bribes were received through Bo's wife Gu Kailai and their son Bo Guagua, they said.
The prosecution called for Bo to be punished according to a law that prescribes a minimum of 10 years in jail for taking bribes of more than 100,000 yuan.
Bo was once one of the 25 members of the Communist Party's Politburo.