China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai
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'Heavy police presence at the court'

The trial of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has begun in the city of Jinan.

Mr Bo, who has not been seen in public for 18 months, is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power.

Formerly the Communist Party leader in Chongqing, he has since been stripped of official roles in a scandal that has seen his wife and police chief jailed.

Martin Patience reports from outside the court in Jinan.

  • 22 Aug 2013
  • From the section Asia
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