The Straits Times
Published on Jan 18, 2013

China politician Bo appoints lawyers for trial


BEIJING (AFP) - Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has appointed two defence lawyers to represent him at his future trial on bribery and other charges, the attorneys' staff said today.

The appointments are a crucial step ahead of a criminal trial for Bo, whose downfall was one of the biggest scandals to hit the ruling Communist Party in decades and exposed deep divisions in the top leadership.

Bo requested that Li Guifang and Wang Zhaofeng, both partners at the Deheng Law Offices in Beijing, represent him at his trial, the lawyers' secretaries confirmed to reporters.

"(Li) is Bo Xilai's lawyer, appointed by family members and Bo himself," Li's secretary said. Wang's secretary repeated a similar statement from Wang.