BEIJING - Key dates in the downfall of Bo Xilai, a former rising star in China's ruling Communist Party who now faces trial for bribery and abuse of power following a scandal that saw his wife convicted of murdering a British businessman.
15: British businessman Neil Heywood is found dead in a hotel room in Chongqing, a sprawling municipality in southwestern China. Authorities rule the cause of death was a heart attack and his body is quickly cremated.
2: Bo's right-hand man and Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is demoted.
6: Wang visits US embassy in Chengdu reportedly seeking political asylum.
7: Wang leaves US embassy of his own volition.
8: Wang is placed on sick leave for stress and over-work. Sick leave is a term often used as a euphemism for a political purge in China.
2: State news agency Xinhua says Wang has been placed under investigation, giving no further details.
9: Bo publicly defends his wife during a press conference at the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress, or parliament.
15: Bo sacked from Chongqing party secretary position, with no reason given for his dismissal.
26: British government asks China to investigate Heywood's death. Rumours that Bo's wife Gu Kailai may have been involved begin to circulate.
10: Bo is stripped of his position in the Communist Party's powerful 25-member Politburo and the wider Central Committee. Government says Gu is being investigated on suspicion of involvement in Heywood's murder.