Bo Xilai case: More questions than answers after five-day trial

Bo Xilai case: More questions than answers after five-day trial
On Monday, Bo Xilai (centre) dropped the bombshell that Wang Lijun (left) had betrayed him by professing his love for Gu Kailai and slapping himself in front of her.

CHINA - Ahead of the trial of disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, many had hoped that it would throw up some answers about the events that led to his spectacular downfall.

Instead, the five-day hearing which ended on Monday threw up only more questions, following revelations of an alleged love triangle and dysfunctional ties at the heart of the Bo household.

For example, were Bo and his wife Gu Kailai so distant that he had no idea that she was accepting bribes behind his back?

Yet, court transcripts revealed that Gu was able to influence his decisions when he was Chongqing party boss; for instance, she sat in during an emergency meeting to deal with the defection of his right-hand man Wang Lijun last year.

Wang's escape to the American consulate in Chengdu city, next door to Chongqing, helped expose Gu's murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in 2011 and sparked Bo's political demise.

The 64-year-old went on trial on charges of abuse of power as well as embezzling and taking bribes totalling nearly 27 million yuan (S$5.7 million).

What the transcripts also revealed was that the Bos' marriage was a rocky one, with Wang appearing to be a third party.

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