Bo claims wife 'always lies'

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has claimed his wife Gu Kailai is 'mad' and 'always tells lies' during his trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.

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Chinese prosecutor demands Bo be 'severely punished'

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted senior politician Bo Xilai on the fifth day of his landmark trial, saying his "whimsical" challenge to bribery, graft and abuse of power charges flew in the face of the evidence.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province. Credit: People's Court/Handout via Reuters

Summing up the evidence on the fifth day of the trial, the state's prosecutor said Bo should not be shown leniency as he had recanted admissions of guilt provided ahead of the trial.

"The severeness of the accused's crimes, and that he refused to admit guilt, don't match the circumstances of leniency, and (he) must be severely punished in accordance with the law," the court cited the prosecutor as saying.

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Chinese politician Bo Xilai rips into former police chief

Ousted senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai angrily ripped into his former police chief on the fourth day of his trial, calling him a "vile character" who faked testimony accusing Bo of covering up a murder committed by his wife.

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai stands trial inside the court in Jinan, Shandong province. Credit: Reuters

Bo was a rising star in China's leadership circles when his career was stopped short last year by a murder scandal which saw his wife Gu Kailai convicted of poisoning a British businessman.

He is now on trial charged with corruption, taking bribes and abuse of power, the last of which is especially sensitive as it involves allegations Bo challenged the authority of the ruling Communist Party.

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Bo Xilai claims his wife is 'mad' and 'always tells lies'

by - China Correspondent

At the Bo Xilai trial there are claims that Neil Heywood angrily demanded £1.4 million compensation when a property deal went sour.

Bo Xilai has claimed his wife is mad. Credit: RTV

There have been claims about the British businessman throughout the trial but no one is in court defending Mr Heywood - the real victim.

Bo also hit back at his wife's evidence, accusing her of being "mad" and under pressure.

He said: "She has changed. She is mad and always tells lies".

Bo Xilai ridiculed for defence in Chinese state media

The fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been described as "arrogant" and "scheming" in state media reports today after he came out fighting at his corruption trial yesterday.

The Communist party-run Guangming Daily said Bo's attitude towards witnesses is "swollen with arrogance", calling him "scheming, domineering and duplicitous".

In a commentary on the People's Daily website, Bo's feisty defence is described as "futile quibbling".

"The evidence in irrefutable," the newspaper writes. "Of course Bo Xilai has the right to defend himself ... but if he lacks sincerity, then his excuses will be ridiculed."

Read: Bo Xilai sticks to his own script in corruption trial

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China's Bo Xilai retracts bribery confession in court

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has fought back in court after being accused of corruption and covering up the murder of a British businessman.

Bo recanted a confession of bribery when prosecutors alleged he used his wife and son to help collect more than £2.5 million in illicit funds as he stood trial in China's biggest political scandal in decades.

ITV News China correspondent Angus Walker reports from the court in Jinan, eastern China:

Read Angus Walker's blog on the trial

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