» 08/23/2013, 00.00
A "hero" for some, Bo Xilai dismisses the accusations made by his 'crazy' wife and a witness who "sold his soul"
Gu Kailai accused her husband of receiving bribes, a charge confirmed by businessman Tang Xiaoling. A scornful Bo retracts his own admission of guilt, extorted during an internal Party investigation. For supporters, he is a victim of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang.
An embarrassed CP eager to finish quickly with Bo Xilai's trial
Former Chongqing party boss faces charges of corruption, abuse of power, sex crimes and complicity. Party leaders want everything wrapped up before the start of the party congress on 8 November, set to mark the rise of a 'fifth generation' of Communist leaders. Bo's son defends him (but is tight-lipped about his mother).
Guiyang, protesters in support of Bo Xilai: The Party envy you, we love you
A group of demonstrators gathered this morning in front of the court in the capital of Guizhou to support the disgraced former secretary of Chongqing. But his trial not held there and perhaps hasn’t even begun. The event, experts explain, "shows that the Maoists still exist in China."
First in secret and then in public, Wang Lijun trial begins
Yesterday there was a secret session. Today the public session opens, but journalists are barred. Wang is accused of corruption and use of the law for selfish ends, but above all defection of seeking refuge in the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu. His escape led to the fall of Bo Xilai, the death sentence of his wife Gu Kailai, and the revelation of corruption in the party.
Death penalty for Gu Kailai. Still silence on Bo Xilai
The sentence was suspended for two years. Gu Kailai’s sentence could be commuted to life imprisonment and perhaps a release on medical grounds. Two million Chinese blog comments. Four heads of the Chongqing police department, sentenced to prison for withholding evidence of Gu’s crime. Great Britain is pleased that trial does does not apply death penalty.
Quick verdict for Gu Kailai on August 20, as Communist Party prepares for Congress
Gu Kailai has confessed to the murder of businessman Heywood, with a motive: concern for her son's life. Perhaps to escape the death penalty. The party tries to save itself during trial: no one gives the name of Bo Xilai, the fallen chief of Chongqing. Meanwhile preparations for the 18th Congress of the Communist Party push ahead. Security in the capital ensured by over 27 thousand soldiers and the "iron fist" of the police.
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