August 26, 2013

Chinese politician blames love triangle at corruption trial

By Gillian Wong / The Associated Press

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In this image taken from video, former Chinese politician Bo Xilai looks up in a courtroom at Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, eastern China's Shandong province, on Monday.

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Bo is also accused of funneling $800,000 in government funds from a secret project.

The court also heard allegations over the weekend that Bo abused his power as the Communist Party secretary of Chongqing to block an investigation into the Briton's murder, as well as to hide his aide's embarrassing flight to a U.S. consulate – an event that help set the scandal into motion.

On Monday, Bo repeated his doubts about the evidence presented by prosecutors while introducing a bizarre twist to the narrative. Bo said that Wang tried to defect to the consulate early last year, not in a dispute over the investigation into the Briton's murder – as was commonly understood – but because he had confessed his feelings to Gu and feared Bo's rage over that trespass.

"He knew my personality, he'd trespassed on my family and violated my basic emotions, this is the real reason he decided to defect. Wang Lijun in reality is trying to muddy the waters," Bo testified.

He also said that Gu and Wang were as close as "glue and lacquer" and that they had a "very special relationship; I was frustrated by that."

Wang had earlier said in court he went to the Americans because he feared for his safety after he told Bo that the politician's wife had murdered the Briton.

Striking a note of resignation, Bo thanked the court for letting him fully defend himself. "I know there is no escape from my fate and sometimes I was weak at heart. Faced by imprisonment, I have mixed feelings and the only thing I have is the rest of my life."

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