Bo Xilai trial ends, verdict to come later: Court

JINAN (AFP) - The trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai on bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power charges ended on Monday after five days of hearings, the court said.

The Intermediate People's Court in the eastern city of Jinan will "announce the verdict at a date to be decided", it said on its verified account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

The trial had initially only been expected to last two days, but stretched on as Bo, once the Communist Party chief of the megacity of Chongqing, mounted a spirited defence.

Delayed transcripts of the hearings posted online by the court painted a dramatic picture of the defendant denying the accusations and decrying prosecution witnesses and evidence.

But no foreign media are present in court and no independent verification is possible.

But analysts widely believe that a guilty verdict is a foregone conclusion and a long prison sentence has already been agreed.

The scandal surrounding Bo, which shook the ruling Communist Party, emerged after British businessman Neil Heywood was poisoned in a Chongqing hotel room and Bo's police chief flee to a US consulate.

Bo's wife Gu Kailai was convicted of Mr Heywood's murder and given a suspended death penalty, which in China is normally commuted to life imprisonment.

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