From left: former Chongqing police chief and Bo protege Wang Lijun; former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai; Bo’s estranged wife Gu Kailai. Photographs: Jinan Intermediate People’s Court/handout via Reuters

The prosecution has demanded severe punishment for disgraced senior Communist Party cadre Bo Xilai at the end of China’s trial of the century , an unu(...)

The trial has concluded of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai (centre), pictured along with former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun (left), who first told Bo that the latter’s wife Gu Kailai (right) had probably murdered British business Neil Heywood. Photograph: Reuters

Chinese prosecutors demanded a heavy sentence for ousted politician Bo Xilai as his divisive, dramatic trial ended this morning, saying his “whimsica(...)

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai speaks in a court room at Jinan intermediate people’s court in Jinan, eastern China’s Shandong province, yesterday.  Photograph: AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has called his former protege Wang Lijun a liar during his trial, while maintaining that his wife, Gu Kailai, wa(...)

Media gather outside the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court for the trial.  Bo Xilai made global headlines last year when his wife wife Gu Kailai was charged and convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

China’s biggest political trial in decades opened today with an extraordinary display of defiance by Bo Xilai, the former Communist party high-flyer f(...)

A woman holds a sign – which reads “Watching the trial of Bo Xilai to see if fairness and justice are done” – in front of the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court building, where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be held. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

The central court building in the Chinese city of Jinan, provincial capital of Shandong, is a tall skyscraper that looms over a group of administrativ(...)

Bo Xilai is almost certain to be found guilty when he stands trial on charges of corruption. Photograph: AP

Over the years, Bo Xilai has been a big-city mayor, a provincial boss, a jailed counter-revolutionary, a trade tsar and a Communist Party grandee. But(...)

China’s former Chongqing municipality Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai, who  has been charged  with bribery, abuse of power and corruption. Photograph: Jason Lee

Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai has finally charged been with corruption in what is shaping up to be China’s trial of the century. The state news a(...)

Bo Xilai, once a contender for the top leadership in the world’s second-largest economy, was ousted last year as Communist Party chief in Chongqing, in China’s biggest political scandal in two decades, following the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Photograph:  Reuters/Jason Lee

China’s “trial of the century” could begin within weeks with purged politburo member Bo Xilai facing charges of bribery, abuse of power and embezzleme(...)

Fang Zhongmou with her family in 1963, seven years before  her son Zhang reported her to the authorities over her criticism of Chairman Mao, after which she was executed by firing squad

In April 1970, as a 15-year-old Red Guard in the Chinese town of Guzhen, Zhang Hongbing did something he has regretted ever since. After his mo(...)