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Trial shows greed, machinations of China’s elite

August 23, 2013 • World News


In this image taken from video, Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai, left, sits and speaks in a court room at Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in eastern China’s Shandong province, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Bo is accused of corruption and interference in the investigation of his wife’s murder of a British businessman. (AP Photo/CCTV via AP Video) CHINA OUT, TV OUT

JINAN, China (AP) — Greed, machinations and betrayal in one of China’s elite families were laid bare when prosecutors in the corruption trial of disgraced politician Bo Xilai released testimony from his wife on a businessman’s gifts to the family that included a French villa and plane tickets to three continents.

The trial resumed on Saturday, with a city official testifying in court that Bo had embezzled 5 million yuan ($800,000) of government funds, a charge the former politician has denied.

A day earlier, presented with his wife Gu Kailai’s testimony, Bo retorted that she was “crazy” and a convicted killer, disputing the prosecution’s contention that the gifts amounted to bribes — or that he even knew about them — and denying he had provided any political favors in exchange for them.

“Bogu Kailai has changed, she’s crazy and she’s always making things up,” Bo told the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on the second day of the trial, using the name with which authorities have referred to her.

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