Former CPC Chongqing secretary Bo Xilai defended corruption charges leveled against him during an emotional monologue at the last day of a drama-filled trial that had been made public, a rare move hailed by some Chinese media as an advance in the path towards an independent judiciary.
Bo expressed his regret for his failure to maintain a healthy relationship with his family but again denied charges of embezzlement, bribery, and abuse of power prompted by the discovery of the murder of a British businessman by Bo's wife Gu Kailai.
The murder of Briton Neil Heywood came to light when Bo's Chongqing Public Security Bureau chief Wang Lijun sought asylum at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu apparently with knowledge of Gu as the mastermind behind Heywood's murder.
Wang walked out of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on his own days later, but the political scandal that followed resulted in Bo's expulsion from the Communist party and the termination from his position as the party chief in Chongqing.
Wang was convicted of bribery charges in September 2012 while Gu was found guilty of murder in August 2012.
During the five-day trial, Bo was allowed to inquire witness Wang in what the Chinese language World Journal described as a fiery, twenty-question examination of his former PSB chief that revealed Bo's charisma in the face of duress.
Testimony by Bo turned personal during the trial when he said that his wife Gu and Wang were engaged in an affair in a departure from the scripted proceedings that analysts had predicted before the trial began.
The word by word transcription of Bo's trial was made available on Sina Weibo, China's most widely used microblog, giving the public unprecedented access to the trial not seen before in China's modern age.
A verdict on Bo's corruption trial would be handed down at a later date.