Disgraced former Chinese politician Bo Xilai's appeal against his guilty verdict and life imprisonment for corruption will be heard this week.
Bo is expected to be allowed to appear in the Shandong Provincial Higher People's Court on Friday.
The court described the hearing as "open," but access is likely to be limited to a few official media outlets and selected members of the public.
Bo was found guilty of embezzlement, bribery and abuse of power by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court last month. He has denied the charges.