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Bo slams former cop’s testimony,calls him ‘vile,liar’

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai assailed his wife and his former right-hand man in four days of testimony ending Sunday.

Written by Associated Press | Jinan | Published: August 26, 2013 3:51:03 am

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai assailed his wife and his former right-hand man in four days of testimony ending Sunday,rejecting accusations of corruption and shielding a murderer in a trial that has offered a glimpse into the shady inner workings of China’s elite.

A court heard allegations over the weekend that Bo abused his power as the Communist Party secretary of the southern megacity of Chongqing to block an investigation into his wife’s murder of a British businessman,as well as to hide his aide’s embarrassing flight to a U.S. consulate.

Bo told the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Sunday that his former right-hand man,Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun,“constantly lied in his testimony.’’ He said Wang was “a person of very vile quality,who lied in court and muddied the waters.’’

Bo said,“His (Wang’s) character is extremely bad,he created rumours… and threw dust in the public’s eye. 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.”

At Sunday’s dramatic trial,prosecutors presented more evidence on the charge of power abuse against Bo,a spokesman of the court told media in Jinan. The trial lasted only for about two hours unlike previous three days which lasted eight hours. The trial was adjourned until Monday,when closing arguments are expected to take place.

Courtroom revelations have painted a colorful picture of how Bo’s alleged misconduct enriched his family. He’s accused of providing political favours to a businessman,Xu Ming,in return for having him at his family’s beck and call.

According to Bo’s wife,Xu gave the family expensive gifts that included a villa in France. Bo is also accused of funneling $800,000 in government funds from a secret project.

With pTI

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