As the dramatic trial resumed for the fifth day on Monday at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in east China's Shandong province, the prosecution which wrapped up its case against 64-year-old fallen politician called for serious punishment for him. (Agencies)
A charismatic Bo, widely expected to be a front runner for a top post in the once-in-a-decade leadership change of the ruling Communist Party of China, was sacked last year as the Party head of over 20 million people strong Chongqing city as well as Party's highest policy making body - the Politburo.
A prosecution which presented several witness including testimony of Bo's wife Gu Kailai and ex-police chief of Chongqing city, once headed by Bo, said that sufficient evidence has been provided against him.
Bo admitted that he made mistakes in handling these incidents but insisted that he was not involved in any conducts of power abuse and the responsibilities were all on his wife and a third participant surnamed Wu.
Speculation is rife that Bo may get a suspended death sentence like his wife. The whole court investigation phase of this case was completed on Sunday after three and half days of trial, a state-run news agency reported.
At Sunday’s hearing, the prosecution and defence cross-examined the testimony that Wang Lijun, ex-police chief of Chongqing Municipality, gave at the court on Saturday on the charge of power abuse against Bo.
Prosecutors also presented more evidence during the trial, regarded as the most sensitive after the 1981 'Gang of Four' trial involving Mao Zedong's widow.
In the previous days of trial, prosecutors also accused Bo of accepting bribes from businessmen Tang Xiaolin, general manager of Dalian International Development Co Ltd, and Xu Ming, chairman of Dalian Shide Group Co Ltd and embezzling 5 million Yuan from a government project.
As the dramatic trial resumed for the fifth day on Monday at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in east China's Shandong province, the prosecution which wrapped up its case against 64-year-old fallen politician called for serious punishment for him.