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Fallen Chinese leader Bo Xilai to stand trial on Aug 22

Last Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 16:31

Beijing: Disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power, will be put on "open trial" on August 22, state media said here Sunday.

Bo will stand open trial at the Jinan Intermediate People`s Court next week for charges of bribery, graft and abuse of power, official Xinhua news agency quoted an announcement by the court in eastern China`s Shandong province.

"The open trial will start on August 22," the report said.

Bo, the 64-year-old former boss of the Communist Party in Chongqing city, had been expelled from the ruling party after a scandal surrounding the murder of a British businessman.

His wife Gu Kailai was jailed last August for the killing of businessman Neil Heywood.

The scandal involving Bo rocked the communist nation with claims of corruption at the top of the party just months ahead of once-in-a-decade leadership change.

First Published: Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 16:31
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