Jinan, China — The trial of Bo Xilai ended Monday in dramatic fashion as he accused his former police chief of having a crush on his wife.
The disgraced former Chinese Communist Party member, who rose to become one of its most powerful leaders, continued his steady attack on the case against him to the end.
The corruption trial, China’s most politically sensitive in decades, brought forth eye-opening insights into how some of the ruling elite live, but also raised doubts about the completeness of the courtroom proceedings provided by the authorities.
During the course of the five-day trial, there were allegations of a punch to the head, adultery, attempts to cover up a British businessman’s murder, and Bo’s wife being “insane”.
On the final day, the prosecution argued for Bo to be convicted and punished on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
During his final statement Monday, Bo said, “There are times when I felt weak, because I know I’m doomed and there’s no escape for me. Ending up in prison, I have mixed feelings toward the rest of my life.”
Bo said of the bribery charges against him, “not even the worst TV script writers could come up with such plots.”
He then described a romantic link between his wife and former police chief, Wang Lijun, the two people most responsible for Bo’s political demise.
Wang attempted to defect to the United States in February 2012 because, he says, he feared for his life when Bo discovered the murder investigation of his wife for the British businessman’s killing.
But Bo gave a different reason for Wang’s actions, saying, “The true reason of Wang Lijun’s flight was because he had a crush on Gu Kailai and he couldn’t get over it.”
The prosecution alleges that Bo threatened and improperly fired Wang, who is now serving a 15-year prison sentence for multiple offenses.
Bo’s wife is serving a suspended life sentence for the murder of the British businessman. Bo’s wife, Gu, gave written and video testimony last week where she linked Bo to some of the charges against him. But Bo says she lacked credibility because she has already been convicted and was seeking leniency.
The international media is barred from the courtroom, but reports from two people with inside knowledge of the court proceedings say the authorities’ microblog account leaves out some parts that may put Bo in a good light, including his account of investigators’ threats against him and his family.
The court said the verdict would be announced at a later date. Image/AP