|Bo Xilai pours his heart out, lamenting the poison of illicit love
Deposed Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai claimed on the final day of his trial today in Jinan, the capital of Shandong, the “real reason'' Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun fled to the US consulate in Chengdu was because he was besotted with Gu Kailai. Gu, now a murder convict, is Bo’s wife.
The former commerce minister and a Politburo member made the assertion today on the final day of his trial for alleged bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
Bo is also the son of Mao Zedong ally.
Prosecutors and the defense wrapped up their submissions today, the fifth day of proceedings touted by China as open and transparent. The court said it will “announce the verdict at a date to be decided.’’ Hearings ended past 1:04pm local time.
The prosecution told the court: “The defendant's crimes are extremely serious.
“He pleaded not guilty to the charges, and there are no extenuating circumstances suggesting lighter punishment. It must be dealt with severely according to the law.''
In a final address to the court Bo struck an emotional note. "I'm trapped deep in the disaster of being in prison,'' he said. "I'm haunted by all sorts of feelings and all I have left is the remaining time of my life.''
"I failed to keep my family members and subordinates within bounds. I made significant mistakes. I feel guilty towards the party and the public.''
The saga involving Bo came to light following Wang’s attempt to seek asylum in the US consulate following the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Gu was last year convicted of poisoning Heywood in a Chongqing hotel room.
Bo, who is being tried in the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan maintained today Wang “secretly loved Gu Kailai and he was confused and overwhelmed by this feeling.’’
Wang had expressed his feelings to Gu in a letter, Bo said, adding that on one occasion the policeman was so overcome with emotion that he “slapped himself in the face eight times.’’
“Gu Kailai said to him ‘you're kind of weird.’ He replied: ‘I used to be weird, now I'm normal’.’’
During the trial Bo also confessed to his own extramarital affairs and said Gu moved to Britain because she was angry.
“He knew about my personality. And the real reason why he escaped is he harmed my family and my most important emotions. Wang Lijun really wanted to make things more complicated,'' Bo said.
He also referred to Wang’s attempted defection as a “drama'' caused by the fact that Gu and Wang were “as close as paint and glue,’’ a Chinese saying that commonly describes people who are in love.
The revelations were posted on delayed transcripts of court proceedings on an official account on Sina Weibo.
The trial began on Thursday.—AFP/The Standard