Bo stable, faces fresh evidence in court

Beijing, Aug 25 (IANS) Prosecutors presented fresh evidence Sunday against disgraced Chinese Communist leader Bo Xilai, who admitted to "mistakes" but blamed his wife for most of what he has been accused of.

The Jinan Intermediate People's Court announced that the trial of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power involving Bo would resume Monday, reports Xinhua.

Bo, 64, is former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and a former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.

At Sunday's trial, prosecutors gave more evidence about alleged abuse of power against Bo.

He was charged with violating organizational procedures vis-a-vis Wang Lijun, former vice mayor and chief of the Chongqing municipal police.

The evidence showed that Bo allowed his wife Bogu Kailai, who was not a civil servant, to take part in discussions on how to handle Wang's defection to the US embassy.

He was accused of sanctioning her suggestion to ask a hospital to fake a diagnosis that Wang had mental illness and release the information to the public.

The prosecution and defence also cross-examined the testimony of Wang gave Saturday on the charges against Bo.

One of the charges against Bo is abusing his power when it was reported that his wife was suspected of intentional homicide and when Wang defected.

Bo and his lawyers held that there were doubts about the objectivity and authenticity of Wang's testimony.

The prosecutors held the testimony given by Wang was consistent with what he stated prior to the trial and could be verified by testimonies of other witnesses and documentation evidence.

Bo admitted he made "mistakes" but insisted he was not involved in any power abuse and that the responsibilities were all on his wife and a third participant surnamed Wu.

Throughout Sunday's trial, Bo was "emotionally stable and physically fine", Xinhua quoted court spokesman Liu Yanjie as saying.

In the four days of trial, prosecutors also accused Bo of accepting bribes from businessmen Tang Xiaolin and embezzling a large sum from a government project.

Bo has denied the bribery charge.


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