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Trial of China's Bo Xilai opens next week, says Beijing-backed paper

Published on Jan 25, 2013 2:05 PM
 
In this file photo on March 6, 2010, China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai looks on during a meeting at the annual session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Bo will go on trial next week, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper said on Friday, Jan 25, 2013, in what would be the final act of a drama that has shaken the ruling Communist Party. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai will go on trial next week, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper said on Friday, in what would be the final act of a drama that has shaken the ruling Communist Party.

Bo, once a contender for top leadership in the world's second-largest economy, was ousted in China's biggest political scandal in two decades last year following his wife's murder of a British businessman, Mr Neil Heywood.

The mainland China-run Ta Kung Pao newspaper said on its website that Bo's trial would start on Monday in the southern city of Guiyang and last three days. It cited "well-informed Beijing sources", but gave no details.

One of Bo's lawyers, Li Guifang, declined to comment when reached by telephone. A court official in Guiyang who gave his family name as Li said he had not heard anything about the case.

 
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