Son of disgraced China politician breaks silence over trial
BEIJING (AFP) - The son of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai broke a months-long silence on Tuesday, saying his father's imminent trial would carry no "moral weight" if it depended on deals struck with his parents to guarantee his well-being.
Mr Bo Guagua, 25, said in a statement to the New York Times that he had been denied contact with his father and mother - who was convicted of murder last year - for 18 months.
"I can only surmise the conditions of their clandestine detention and the adversity they each endure in solitude," he said in the statement, published on the newspaper's website.
Bo Xilai - party chief of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing before he was brought down by accusations that his wife murdered a British businessman - is due to stand trial on Thursday for bribery, corruption, and abuse of power.