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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(...)

Bo Xilai, left,  speaks to Jinan intermediate people’s court during his corruption trial.  Photograph: video via AP

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai described his wife Gu Kailai as “insane” after video testimony in which she described how political favours and (...)

Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, the former Chongqing Communist Party chief who is on trial, speaks in this still image  from  video provided by the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court which was recorded at an unknown location and screened today during Bo’s trial in Jinan, Shandong province. Photograph: Jinanzhongyuan/Reuters

Fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai labelled his wife insane today after she testified at his landmark trial that he knew of money and a villa in the (...)

A TV screen shows a news report of disgraced politician Bo Xilai standing in the courtroom, flanked by police guards, at Jinan Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday. Photograph; Vincent Yu/AP

Foreign journalists are not allowed to enter the court to report China’s trial of the century, that of former Communist Party superstar Bo Xilai on gr(...)

Bo Xilai stands on trial at the court in eastern China’s Shandong province on Thursday. Photograph: AP/Jinan Intermediate People’s Court

Bo Xilai, the purged one-time rising star of the Chinese Communist Party, struck a combative note on the first day of his trial in the eastern city of(...)

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(...)

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