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.
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.
Official Chinese media report ex-politician Bo Xilai has been indicted on corruption charges.
The British businessman whose death sparked one of China's biggest political scandals had links to UK secret intelligence services, the Wall Street Journal (£) is reporting.
An investigation by the paper claimed that Neil Heywood, who was killed in November last year, provided information to MI6 about the family of ousted Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.
Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted in August of Heywood's murder.
China's leaders have formally expelled politician Bo Xilai from the party, paving the way for his criminal prosecution, state media said today.
China's ruling Communist Party ratified the expulsion from the party of Bo, former Chongqing party boss, state news agency Xinhua said.
China has formally launched a criminal probe into disgraced former politician Bo Xilai, after he was stripped of his last official position.Read the full story ›
According to state news agency Xinhua, China has formally launched a criminal probe into former senior politician Bo Xilai.
"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.
China has begun a criminal investigation in to disgraced former politician Bo Xilai according to Xinhua news agency.