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Trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai opens

The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has opened. Credit: Reuters

The long-awaited corruption trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has opened under tight security, the Associated Press reported.

Bo, 64, appeared in public for the first time in 17 months in a court in the eastern city of Jinan, where he faces charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.

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Disgraced politician Bo Xilai's trial to begin on Thursday

Former senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai. Credit: Reuters

The trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who faces charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power, will begin on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said.

His wife, Gu Kailai, and police chief, Wang Lijun, have both been jailed over the scandal stemming from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

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Bo Xilai 'under investigation for criminal offences'

According to state news agency Xinhua, China has formally launched a criminal probe into former senior politician Bo Xilai.

Bo Xilai pictured in January Credit: Reuters

"The Supreme People's Procuratorate has decided to put Bo Xilai under investigation for alleged criminal offences," Xinhua said in a brief English-language report.

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