JINAN, China - The elder son of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai has thanked authorities for allowing his father "to speak his true mind" at his trial and said Bo has stood by his ideas despite an investigation that lasted 500 days, the New York Times said.
Bo put up a feisty defence on Thursday at the start of China's most political trial in decades, saying he was framed in bribery charges against him and had admitted to them under psychological pressure during interrogation.
In a statement posted on the New York Times website late on Thursday, Li Wangzhi, Bo's son from his first marriage, said he has "been subjected to pain and sadness" for Bo, but is proud of his father's strength.
Li attended the trial on Thursday. It was the first time he had seen Bo in several years, according to the New York Times.
"I thank the party central authorities and the court for giving the defendant greater rights to a defence and freedom than he had expected, allowing my father to speak his true mind," Li said.
Bo's denial of the charges and strong language as he made his first public appearance since being ousted early last year were unexpected.