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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Disgraced China politician Bo Xilai goes on trial

Disgraced China politician Bo Xilai goes on trial

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, one of the most senior party leaders to fall from power in years, went on trial Thursday, charged with abuse of power and netting more than $4 million in bribery and embezzlement. None of the charges against Bo appear to involve the widespread human rights abuses alleged to have been carried out during his unfettered rule as Chongqing party chief. The scandal was triggered last year when Bo’s police chief fled to a US consulate, an event that embarrassed the party’s leadership ahead of a key political transition.