Bo Xilai trial: Bo looks haggard as he makes first public appearance in 17 months

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on Aug 22, 2013, in this photo released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Fallen Chinese politician Bo appeared in public for the first time in more t
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on Aug 22, 2013, in this photo released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Fallen Chinese politician Bo appeared in public for the first time in more than a year on Thursday to face trial in eastern China, the final chapter of the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai has made his first public appearance in 17 months when he stood trial on Thursday morning in eastern Jinan city.

Netizens, who have been glued to their computers for live updates via the court's microblog, remarked how he looked haggard and slightly older.

The picture, issued by the Jinan court and shown on state media, showed a clean-shaven Bo standing in the dock without handcuffs, his hands crossed in front of him. He was flanked by two policemen.

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