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Bo admits lapses led to top cop’s US defection bid

August 24, 2013 • World News


In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court, former Politburo member and party leader of the megacity of Chongqing Bo Xilai, in the defendant seat listens to a testimony by former Chongqing city police chief Wang Lijun, unseen, at Jinan Intermediate People’s Court in Jinan in eastern China’s Shandong province, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Disgraced Chinese politician Bo told a court Saturday his wife stole government funds without his involvement and revealed how the couple became estranged after he had been unfaithful, offering a glimpse in his politically charged trial of the unraveling of one of China’s elite families. Wang triggered Bo’s downfall when he fled to a US consulate with revelations that Bo’s wife had killed a British businessman. (AP Photo/Jinan Intermediate People’s Court)

JINAN, China (AP) — The trial of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai resumed Sunday, a day after he said he made mistakes that prompted his top aide’s embarrassing U.S. defection bid, but denied criminal responsibility for the incident that triggered the country’s messiest political scandal in decades.

Courtroom revelations in the politically charged trial have also exposed the unraveling of one of China’s elite families, with Bo calling his wife “crazy” after she testified against him and saying she took their son abroad in fury after he had been unfaithful.

“I made errors and was at fault. It hurt the reputation of the party and the country, and I’m very ashamed,” Bo, in a rare show of contrition, told the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Saturday, the Login to read more

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