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.