Bo appoints defense lawyers for upcoming trial

2013-01-22 07:09:57 GMT2013-01-22 15:09:57(Beijing Time)

Bo Xilai, former Party chief of Chongqing, might stand trial in SW Guizhou Province, before the “two sessions”---the annual National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) set in March, China’s Legal Daily said on its website.

According to Shanghai Daily, Bo’s family has appointed two defense lawyers to represent him at his future trial on bribery and other charges, the attorneys' staff said.

Bo requested that Li Guifang and Wang Zhaofeng, both partners at the Deheng Law Offices in Beijing, represent him at his trial, the lawyers' secretaries confirmed to AFP.

"(Li) is Bo Xilai's lawyer, appointed by family members and Bo himself," Li's secretary said. Wang's secretary repeated a similar statement from Wang.

The appointments had been made with the agreement of members of Bo's family "during the last one or two months", Wang's secretary told AFP.

The secretaries said they had no information about a date or location for the trial, according to AFP.

Bo, who was also the Party chief of Chongqing City, fell from grace after his wife, Bogu Kailai, murdered British businessman Neil Heywood, and he is said to have tried to hush up the crime. Bogu Kailai was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on August 20, 2012, but Bo has yet to be formally charged.

Bo, 54, is also said to have sought profits for others or promotion for subordinates after receiving bribes personally or through his family. He was also found to have maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women, central authorities said earlier.

Editor: Mei Jingya
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