Communist Chinas biggest political trial in decades involving disgraced top politician Bo Xilai ended Monday on an acrimonious note,with prosecutors demanding severe punishment for the defiant pro-Maoist leader who accused a key official witness of having illicit relations with his wife.
The defendants crimes are extremely serious. He pleaded not guilty to the charges,and there are no extenuating circumstances suggesting lighter punishment,prosecution told the court in Jinan in east Chinas Shandong province,winding up five days of dramatic hearing against 64-year-old Bo.
It must be dealt with severely according to the law, the prosecutors said,sparking speculation that Bo could either get death sentence,suspended death sentence or life sentence.
Bo,a politburo member of the ruling CPC and the head of the Chongqing city,was sacked last year after allegations of his wife Gu Kailais involvement in the murder of a British businessman Neil Heywood in November 2011 surfaced early last year.
He was also removed from the ruling party following allegations of bribery,embezzlement and abuse of power against him.
The Jinan Intermediate Court,which heard the case regarded as the most sensitive after the 1981 Gang of Four trial involving Mao Zedongs widow,said its proceedings formally ended Monday after five days and the verdict would be pronounced at a later date.
Observers say Bos defiant rebuttals denying all charges of bribery,embezzlement and power abuse against him may attract death penalty,making him the first leader to go to the gallows in recent times.
For his part,Bo hit back Monday making a sensational disclosure that Wang Lijun,who worked as police chief under him in Chongqing and defected to the US Consulate there alleging reprisals from him,had an illicit affair with his wife Gu.
Debunking Wangs claims,Bo,a hardline Maoist and critic of CPC reformist ideology,told the court Gu and Wang were like glue and paint. In fact they had a very special relationship, Bo said,referring to 54-year-old Gu and Wang. I was very upset about it, the South China Morning Post quoted Bo as saying.
Wang,53,had claimed he ran into the US Consulate in Chengdu fearing reprisals from Bo after the Communist leader punched him on his face when he was informed about Gus involvement in Heywood murder early last year.
Bo claims wearing 50-yr-old underwear
BEIJING: Bo Xilai Monday said he is a simple man and was wearing a 50-year-old underwear at his trial. The high-profile Communist Party leader,while attempting to counter the charges of prosecution over his familys luxury lifestyle,said even at the trial he wore the long johns (underwear),given by his mother about fifty years back. PTI