China removes top judge in Bo Xilai-linked trial
BEIJING (AFP) - The judge who presided over the trial of Wang Lijun, the former right-hand man of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, has been removed from his post, authorities said, stoking speculation over the significance of the move.
Wang was the chief of police in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing when he fled to a US consulate in Chengdu, allegedly to seek asylum, blowing open China's biggest political scandal in years.
At his trial, where Zhong Erpu was the chief judge, Wang was convicted of corruption, defection and other crimes and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Zhong was "relieved" as deputy director of the Intermediate People's Court of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, the ruling Communist Party's powerful organisation department said in a brief statement.