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Bo Xilai verdict expected on Sept 22

Updated: 2013-09-18 16:36
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Bo Xilai verdict expected on Sept 22

Former Chongqing Party chief Bo Xilai stands trial at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong province on Monday. [Photo/Xinhua]

The verdict for fallen senior official Bo Xilai will be announced at 10 am on September 22, said the Jinan Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday.

The trial of Bo Xilai, former Party chief of Chongqing municipality, was held at the court in Shandong province from August 22 to 26. He was charged with bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

At the trial, prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for Bo, while he denied most of the charges.

At their summarizing statement, prosecutors said the evidence presented in court and during cross-examination fully demonstrated clear facts and evidence is sufficient to charge Bo with the crimes.

Although the country's legal system has a principle of tempering justice with mercy, a heavy sentence in line with the law should be handed to Bo, as he committed very serious crimes, refused to plead guilty and was not subject to any terms of leniency by law, they said.

Li Guifang and Wang Zhaofeng of the Beijing-based DeHeng Law Offices represented Bo at the trial.

More than 100 people, including Bo's family and relatives, deputies to people's congresses, political advisors, ordinary citizens and journalists observed the trial.

During the trial, both the prosecution and defense had fully cross-examined the evidence and witnesses and expressed their opinions.

The Jinan court's microblog at Sina Weibo, a leading Chinese social network, published the trial transcripts.

The court account had more than 582,000 followers from August 18, the day it opened, to August 26 when the trial ended. Its 160 posts, mainly about Bo's trial, gained tens of thousands of reposts and comments.

"During the trial, both prosecution and defense sides had opportunities to fully express their opinions. Also, the court released trial transcripts through microblog. All of these have made me more confident of the future of China's judicial system," Bo said in his final statement.

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