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.