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Flamboyant Chinese 'princeling' jailed for life

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The writing was perhaps already on the wall for Bo Xilai, the controversial former top official of China's southwestern city of Chongqing, when he appeared at last year's parliamentary meeting, alternately chastened and combative. In earlier annual sessions of parliament, Bo had swept in, all smiles and lanky grace, preceded by a wave of TV cameras and popping flashbulbs. This time he was uncharacteristically restrained.

How a hotel murder brought down China high-flyer Bo

In a plot worthy of a spy novel, the downfall of high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai began when a British businessman was found dead in a hilltop hotel room. The scandal that subsequently unfolded in Chongqing, a steamy riverside megacity, saw Bo's police chief flee to a US consulate and his wife convicted of murder, and finally brought Bo's own political aspirations to an ignoble end. Chongqing, in China's southwest, has thick clumps of skyscrapers and an urban population of more than 16 million, swollen each day by opportunity-seekers arriving from the countryside.

Bo claims to wear 50-year-old underwear at trial

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai attempted to counter accounts of his family's luxury lifestyle Monday by telling his corruption trial his underwear was five decades old. Prosecutors at the hearings in Jinan have provided riveting details of private jet flights, French Riviera villas and rare animal meats enjoyed by Bo and his family, courtesy of wealthy businessmen. But the former boss of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing -- who always appeared well-dressed in his heyday -- hit back, telling the court he was a simple man.

China's Bo calls wife mad after she testifies against him

By John Ruwitch JINAN, China (Reuters) - Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai called his wife insane after she testified at his landmark trial on Friday that he knew of money and a villa in the French Riviera that prosecutors say were given to the couple by a businessman friend.

China's Bo show likely condoned by officials

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai's spirited self-defence in court was likely condoned by the authorities to give a varnish of fairness to a trial in which the verdict is already decided, analysts say. Bo, who was tipped for top office ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition last year, hurled insults at his accusers and calmly tried to bore holes in the prosecutors' logic. His display on the first day of his trial Thursday at the court in Jinan was in contrast to the meekness usually shown by defendants in high-profile Chinese cases.

I was framed, says China's Bo as he mounts feisty defense

By John Ruwitch JINAN, China (Reuters) - Fallen politician Bo Xilai put up a feisty defense on Thursday as he faced China's most political trial in decades, saying he was framed in bribery charges against him and had admitted to them under psychological pressure during interrogation. The 64-year-old former Communist Party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking almost 27 million yuan ($4.41 million), corruption and abuse of power and will almost certainly be found guilty.

Defiant Bo denies bribery charge as China trial opens

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai lashed out at his long-awaited trial Thursday, contesting bribery charges arising from a lurid murder and corruption scandal that has shaken the country's communist leadership. Bo, who was tipped for top office ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition last year, accused a key prosecution witness of "selling his soul", while describing purported testimony from his wife Gu Kailai as laughable.

Fallen Chinese high-flyer Bo denies charge as trial begins

Ousted Chinese political star Bo Xilai denied the first of the allegations against him Thursday as he went on trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution for decades. Bo was charged with abusing his political powers to cover up his wife's murder of a British businessman in 2011, according to the Twitter-like weibo account of the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China.

Fallen Chinese high-flyer Bo goes on trial

Ousted Chinese political star Bo Xilai went on trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power on Thursday, a court said, in the country's highest-profile prosecution for decades. Bo was accused of abusing his political powers to cover up his wife's murder of a British businessman in 2011, according to the Twitter-like weibo account of the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan. A picture of Bo posted on the account showed him standing in the dock wearing an open-necked white shirt and looking pensive, his hands crossed in front of him.

Fallen Chinese high-flyer Bo goes on trial

Ousted Chinese political star Bo Xilai went on trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power on Thursday, asking to be treated "fairly" at the start of the country's highest-profile prosecution for decades. Bo was accused of abusing his political powers to cover up his wife's murder of a British businessman in 2011, according to the Twitter-like weibo account of the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, in eastern China.
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