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Bo Xilai mounts spirited defense at trial in China

Bo Xilai mounts spirited defense at trial in China

JINAN, China -- A combative Bo Xilai came out swinging in the opening of his long-awaited trial, denying that he had accepted $4 million in bribes, claiming that witnesses lied and that money and gifts worth millions went only to his wife. In his first appearance since being purged 18 months ago, the 64-year-old Bo – once a contender to lead China – said he had initially confessed to some of the crimes to the Communist Party’s investigators only because he was under “psychological pressure.’’ In a spirited defense, Bo dismissed a real estate developer who accused him of taking bribes as a “mad dog.” He referred to written testimony by his...

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