(BEIJING) — On the second day of his trial, disgraced politician Bo Xilai listened as prosecutors presented evidence Friday from Bo’s own wife Gu Kailai, who herself was recently found guilty in the murder of a British businessman last year.
Testifying against her husband in pre-recorded testimony, Gu Kailai claimed she had been fully aware of the millions of dollars being funneled to her husband by a Chinese billionaire seeking political favors.
But Bo, 64, defiantly called on the court to dismiss his wife’s testimony, citing her mental instability. He has maintained his innocence from the start, flatly denying to the court that he had not received 1.1 million yuan ($18,780) in bribes from Tang Xiaolin, a businessman and key witness for the prosecution.
The former rising political star has been accused of abusing his political powers and accepting bribes.
Bo’s appearance in court Thursday was the former Chongqing Party secretary’s first public appearance since March 2012 when he was detained, stripped of his posts and later charged with corruption, abuse of power and embezzlement. The closed-door trial has been dubbed the most significant trial in China since the infamous Gang of Four trial in 1980.
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