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Former Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai appeared this morning in a white shirt, standing between two policemen at Jinan court.

Mr. Bo Xilai in court.

`I hope the court will conduct a fair trial, according to the order and provisions of the law,` Bo Xilai, quoted by the court news, said.

The first photo showing Mr. Bo standing in court, released by the Jinan court, was shared 26,000 times in just 30 minutes.

When the chairman asked Mr. Bo if he had any opinion on the crime of accepting a bribe of 1.1 million yuan from Duong Tieu Lam, general director of Dalian Development Co., Ltd., Mr. Bo said he had never accepted a bribe.

`I went against my will and admitted (receiving bribes from Duong three times) during the Central Disciplinary Committee’s investigation, and I said I was willing to bear criminal responsibility without knowing it.`

After the dismissal of this charge, the court broke for lunch.

Video: Inside Bo Xilai’s trial

Developments

Previously, the trial started at 8:43 a.m.

This case is `extremely complicated,` the court quoted chief judge Wang Xuguang as saying.

Bo Xilai’s family arrived at the court at 7:41 a.m.

Video: The motorcade carrying Bac entered the court

The judge said a pre-trial hearing was held last month, and Bo was informed of the charges.

At 10 a.m., prosecutors accused Mr. Bo of repeatedly accepting bribes from 1999 to 2006 while serving as mayor and party secretary of Dalian, president of Liaoning province and minister of commerce, in order to `profit from

In January and February 2012, Mr. Bo committed many violations, including abusing his position as Chongqing Party Secretary, after he was informed of the investigation into the murder of his wife, Ms. Gu.

A Chinese-language newspaper in Singapore reported that Mr. Bo would be sentenced to 15-20 years in prison, according to a source from Beijing.

Continuing to describe the proceedings of the trial, the Jinan court’s newsletter announced: `Through modern media, the court published the oral and written testimony of the witnesses along with the written testimony.

Previously, Chinese and Hong Kong newspapers quoted family sources as saying that Mrs. Coc might also be a witness in her husband’s trial.

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Right from early morning, people gathered in large numbers, causing traffic congestion in front of the court gate of Jinan city, Shandong province.

Opinions about Silver are mixed

Hundreds of people gathered in front of Jinan court, some using their phones to take pictures of the scene.

The 51-year-old man said he did not inform his family about going to Jinan to watch Mr. Bo’s trial, due to the sensitivity of the issue.

On the contrary, many people in Chongqing, now settled abroad, have spoken out to accuse Mr. Bo of taking advantage of anti-crime campaigns to punish those who do not comply with his interests.

On the Jinan Intermediate Court’s Weibo account, posts also expressed mixed opinions about Mr. Bo.

`Support the Party Central Committee’s determination to fight corruption,` a user named haohaohaoa¬†wrote.

However, Liu Shengjun, a commentator for Caixin magazine, said that Beijing did not touch on Mr. Bo’s `important crime` when he carried out an anti-crime campaign in Chongqing.

The Intermediate Court of Jinan City, Shandong Province, this morning began the trial of Mr. Bo Xilai, former party secretary of Chongqing, on charges of corruption, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Mr. Bo Xilai was once the Minister of Commerce and mayor of Dalian City, Liaoning Province.

Bo Xilai was a member of the Politburo and was expected to be promoted strongly after China’s party congress last year.

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The convoy was said to be carrying Bo Xilai to the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court this morning.

Last leg of the road

The trial is the final phase of the biggest case in China in the past 30 years, receiving close scrutiny from experts and scholars.

Another expert commented that the trial would have taken place earlier if Mr. Bo had cooperated with the authorities, but it is still unclear what his performance at today’s trial would be like.

`Maybe Bo Xilai is not as cooperative as his wife, while the authorities cannot conduct a closed trial,` said Cheng Li, an expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Observers believe that before going to court today, Mr. Bo may have reached an agreement in which the most important thing is to ensure the safety of his and Gu Kailai’s son, Bo Guagua.

Two days ago, Bo Guagua wrote an official statement to the New York Times, expressing his hope that his father would receive a fair trial.

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Reporters work behind security fences outside the courthouse in Jinan city, Shandong province in eastern China.

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