Bo Xilai's trial only after March legislative sessions
Beijing: The trial of disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai would not take place until March when the country's new leadership formally takes over, official media here reported, spiking speculation that the trial would take place this week.
Sixty-three-year-old Bo's trial is expected to open only after the annual meetings of China's legislatures, the National People's Congress and the advisory body, the China People's Political Consultative Conference, (CPPCC) in March, an official told state-run Global Times today.
The new leadership of the ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC) headed by Xi Jinping is scheduled to take over power at the beginning of the NPC session in first week of March.
Xi would take over as the President succeeding incumbent Hu Jintao.
"The information in terms of the date and location for the trial will certainly be made public in advance, and it's unnecessary to make speculations," the official told the daily.
Hong Kong-based Takungpao newspaper reported on its website on Friday that the trial would open at Guiyang Intermediate People's Court today, stirring up wide public attention.
Bo was placed under investigation in April last year, for disciplinary violations.
The report quoted insiders as saying that the trial would last three days and possibly wind up ahead of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to be held in March.
But the official told the Global Times that the trial might be very complicated and last up to 10 days.
"Due to the complexity, the case is likely to be heard after the annual two sessions," he added.
The case of Bo Xilai and his wife Bogu Kailai made international headlines since last year.
Huang Qifan, mayor of Chongqing, the city headed by Bo till last year said on Saturday that the city would shake off the impact of the Bo scandal and make law-abiding governance a priority alongside further reform.
The trial of Bogu Kailai took place in Hefei, Anhui Province in August last year in which she was given a suspended death sentence for murdering a British national.
Bo faced charges of shielding Gu's role in the murder besides a host of other allegations including corruption, sex and sleaze.