Bo Xilai trial: Charges against Bo Xilai

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on Aug 22, 2013, in this photo released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Charges against Bo was heard this morning at the Jinan Intermediate People's
Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province on Aug 22, 2013, in this photo released by Jinan Intermediate People's Court. Charges against Bo was heard this morning at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court. -- PHOTO: REUTERS  

Charges against disgraced former Chinese leader Bo Xilai were heard this morning at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court.

Here's a look at what he has been accused of, according to snippets of the indictment posted by the court's official microblog account:

Accepting bribes

Bo allegedly used his posts as Dalian mayor, Dalian Communist party secretary and Liaoning governor from 1999 to 2006 to seek benefit for others.

From 2000 to 2012, Bo, together with his wife Bo-Gu Kailai (her case was dealt with separately) and their son Bo Guagua, received cash and items totalling 21.79 million yuan from Dalian International Development Limited general manager Tang Xiaolin and Dalian Shide Group chairman Xu Ming.

Corruption

The Dalian government was in charge of the renovation of a secret location of a high-level unit when Bo was the Communist party secretary in 2000.

He was in charge of the project directly and it was handled by Dalian Urban and Rural Planning Land Bureau director Wang Zhenggang.

The project was completed in March 2002 and the unit informed Wang and allocated 5 million yuan to the Dalian government.

Wang asked Bo, who was by then the Liaoning governor, how to handle the money. Bo said that he would think about it.

A week later, Wang reported to Bo again that no one in Dalian knew about the 5 million yuan and proposed that Bo keep it for "family allowance".

Bo then called Bo-Gu Kailai immediately and told Wang to discuss the matter with his wife. Wang went to Bo's home in Shenyang city a few days later, and agreed with Bo-Gu Kailai to transfer the money to Zhao Dongping, the head of Beijing Angdao Law Firm.

From April 2002 to March 2005, the money was transferred separately to accounts arranged by Zhao or the law firm's account.

Bo-Gu Kailai then informed Bo Xilai that Zhao was helping to manage the money.

Abuse of power

From January to February 2012, Bo committed a series of acts of power abuse when he was the Chongqing party secretary after he received reports on a murder concerning Bo-Gu Kailai and the defection of then-Chongqing deputy mayor Wang Lijun.

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