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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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Bo Xilai denies one charge of corruption against him

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has denied one of the corruption charges against him at a court in eastern China.

A court blog cited him as saying that he never received a bribe from Tang Xiaolin, the general manager of Hong Kong-based export company Dalian International Development Ltd.

He also stands accused of receiving about 21.8 million yuan (£2.3 million) in bribes from Xu Ming, a plastics-to-property entrepreneur who is a close friend.

Bo Xilai seen for the first time in 17 months

Bo Xilai was seen in public for the first time in 17 months when he appeared in court. Credit: RTV

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai was seen in public for the first time in 17 months when his trial opened in the eastern city of Jinan.

The picture, issued by the Jinan court, showed a clean-shaven Bo standing in the dock without handcuffs, his hands crossed in front of him, and flanked by two policemen.

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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.

Read: China charges disgraced politician after Brit's murder

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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