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Continued: Corruption trial resumes for disgraced Chinese politician after feisty denials he took bribes

  • Article by: GILLIAN WONG , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 22, 2013 - 10:15 PM

During Thursday's session, which lasted about eight hours, some of Bo's supporters gathered outside a security perimeter, intermittently yelling, "He served the people!" and "He was a good cadre!"

"It's definitely the last performance of Bo Xilai on the platform of history," said Zhang Lifan, a Chinese historian and political analyst. "Bo is a man with no bottom line and for him, if his political life is ruined, it would be equal to killing him."

"He knows that he's a banner to many of his fans and it's his last chance to go all out to defend his reputation," Zhang said.

Despite Bo's feisty defense, a verdict of guilt against Bo is all but assured because the outcome of trials involving high-profile politicians in China are usually decided in backroom negotiations by politicians and handed down by the court.

"It's very much like a martial arts demonstration," said Ding Xueliang, a Chinese politics expert at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. "You hit somebody in the face, he hits you back, but eventually nobody gets badly injured and the result has been previously discussed and managed."

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