Bo Xilai trial: Graft trial resumes for ousted Chinese politician
JINAN (AP) - Trial resumed on Friday for disgraced politician Bo Xilai a day after he fiercely denied taking US$3.5 million ($4.47 million) in bribes from businessmen and cross-examined one of them with a lawyer's precision.
His unexpectedly spirited defense at the proceedings aimed at capping China's biggest scandal in decades appeared to be a last-ditch effort to repair his carefully cultivated reputation as a man of the people.
Bo is accused of corruption and involvement in an attempted coverup of his wife's murder of a British businessman.
Prosecutors on Thursday ended months of suspense about the details of his charges, rolling out accusations that featured a villa in France, a hot-air balloon project and a football club and illustrated how colourful corruption can be in China.