Bo says sorry in day of surprises

Bo says sorry in day of surprises
Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks in court on the third day of his trial in Jinan, Shandong Province.

JINAN, CHINA - After two days of spirited denials, former political high-flier Bo Xilai said he was sorry and took some blame for embezzled funds and the defection of his former police chief, as China's most watched trial served up more twists and turns.

The trial enters its fourth day on Sunday, far longer than the one to two days that most observers expected.

On Saturday's hearing in Jinan served up several unexpected developments. First Bo revealed that his wife Gu Kailai had moved overseas after she found him cheating on her.

Then the former Chongqing party boss faced off in court against Wang Lijun, his former police chief, whose attempted defection to a United States consulate in south-western China helped end Bo's political career.

Earlier on Saturday, Bo admitted he had been careless in allowing 5 million yuan (S$1.03 million) worth of public funds to go to his wife.

That partial admission of guilt was in contrast with his denial of taking bribes of about 22 million yuan, either directly or through his wife and their son. He insisted that he did not intend to pocket the 5 million yuan.

"I feel very ashamed. I was too negligent and careless. Because this is the country's money and I did not do something about it," he said, according to court transcripts.

"But does it mean I intended to appropriate (the money)?"

No, he said.

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