|Court yields to Gu Kailai refusal to take stand
The trial of former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai, which had been widely expected to last no more than two days, will continue into a third day Saturday, the court said.
“The chief judge has announced adjournment,'' the Jinan Intermediate People's Court said on its verified Sina Weibo account today. “The trial resumes 8.30am tomorrow.''
The judge also noted that Bo’s wife Gu Kailai had refused to testify in court, and that he acknowledges her right to decline.
Earlier, Gu said in testimony presented to court that she felt her son's life was in danger in the US as a result of a dispute a couple of years ago between British businessman Neil Heywood and her family.
Bo is the son of a former revolutionary and was also China's commerce minister.
He is on trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.
Heywood was found poisoned in a Chongqing hotel and Gu was convicted last year of his murder. Heywood's family in London is seeking financial compensation. But the reports have been denied by a lawyer.
Gu said in her evidence that late 2011 she worried that Bo Guagua could be killed.”
Today Gu admitted she owned a villa in Nice in France, adding that Heywood held half her share.
In the morning the court released a video of testimony by Gu on the Sina Weibo social media site. Gu was seen testifying about air tickets and a Segway people mover provided to son Bo Guagua by businessman Xu Ming.
Asked if Bo knew about airline tickets and other items provided by Xu Gu at first said ``he should have been aware.'' But when pressed by the questioner, she offered: ``I told him.''
Prosecutors said Xu had given 20.7 million yuan in bribes to Bo.
According to transcripts today, Bo told the court: ``She is insane now and she often tells lies.
``The investigators placed enormous pressure on her to expose me when she was mentally disordered.''
She had compared herself to Jing Ke, who more than 2,000 years ago tried and failed to kill the man who would become the first emperor of a unified China, he added.
The claim was ``sufficient to prove that she was mentally disordered,'' Bo said.