Beijing : Disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai’s high-profile trial was abruptly adjourned today after prosecutors produced more evidence to nail the former Communist strongman, who in turn described his ex-police chief and a key witness as a “liar with extremely bad character.”
Bo, 64, was sacked as the head of the Chongqing city last year and removed from the ruling party following allegations of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power against him. The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in east China’s Shandong province, which is hearing the case regarded as the most sensitive after the 1981 ‘Gang of Four’ trial’ involving Mao Zedong’s widow, adjourned the hearing till tomorrow after over two hours of proceedings on the fourth day. At trial, prosecutors presented more evidence on the charge of power abuse against the fallen politician, a spokesman of the court told media in Jinan.
During the past three days court held session for the entire day spanning to about eight hours a day but on Sunday it lasted over two hours. Footage shown by state-run CCTV displayed two policemen taking Bo out of the court room holding his arms.
Sunday’s evidence showed that Bo ordered the investigation against officials in-charge of handling the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood allegedly by his wife Gu Kailai, who was sentenced to death last year with two year reprieve after she confessed to the murder.
Bo violated organisational procedures to remove police chief Chongqing city Wang Lijun from his post after he started probing Gu’s involvement, prosecutors alleged. The evidence also showed that Bo allowed his wife, who was not a civil servant, to take part in discussions about how to handle Wang’s defection, and sanctioned her suggestion to ask a hospital to fake a diagnosis that Wang had mental illness as well as the release of such false information to the public, Xinhua reported.
Bo admitted that he made mistakes in handling these incidents but insisted that he was not involved in any conducts of power abuse and the responsibilities were all on his wife and a third participant surnamed Wu. Bo said, “His (Wang’s) character is extremely bad, he created rumours… and threw dust in the public’s eyes. “It’s beneath legal credibility to present such a person as a key witness. Wang Lijun was lying during the trial and his testimony was not valid at all. His testimony was full of lies and fraud.”