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Trial of disgraced Chinese 'princeling' Bo Xilai to begin Thursday
The trial of disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Golden Goose Sneakers Sale Xilai will commence on Thursday when he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.
In a test of new president Xi Jinping's campaign against graft that will also see the climax of a high-level political power struggle, Bo, 64, will stand at an open trial at the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong.
As head of the Communist Party in Chongqing, Bo was a powerful and popular political figure in China.
Some predicted that as a "princeling" son of a late vice premier, Bo would rise to all the way to the top.
The trial is the country's most divisive since the 1976 downfall of Mao Zedong's widow, Jiang Qing, and her Gang of Four at the end of the Cultural Revolution.
Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and his estranged police chief, Wang Lijun, have both been jailed over the scandal stemming from the November 2011 murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in Chongqing.
Bo was the head of a so-called neo-Maoist faction within the Communist Party, and he has been accused of corruptly using the courts to get his political enemies.
The scandal emerged ahead of a once-a-decade leadership transition in which Bo had been considered a candidate for the Politburo Standing Committee, China's most powerful body.
The ABC's China correspondent Stephen McDonell says that although it is being dubbed an "open trial", the verdict is very likely already decided.
I think it's definitely predetermined. This is the result of a major power struggle within the Communist Party and he's on the losing side, so there's no way he is going into this court to somehow or other get off.
By and large, when you go to court [in China] you lose any way. But especially in this case.
It won't be an open trial in the sense that you would expect an open trial in Australia, for example.
Reporters won't be allowed in there and general members of the public I don't expect will be allowed in there either.
Their idea of an open trial Golden Goose Sale is that it's not totally behind closed doors and that at some point there will be a certain amount of material made public about what happened inside the proceedings.
Some people will be allowed in to watch but it will be more like party figures and the like. China correspondent Stephen McDonell
The respected current affairs magazine Caijing last month said the $4.1 million corruption charges against Bo stem from his time running the smaller city of Dalian in the 1990s, not Chongqing.
The magazine did not Golden Goose Sneakers cite a source.
It is almost certain Bo will be convicted as China's prosecutors and judges are controlled by the ruling Communist Party.
Meanwhile, China state media has reported on Sunday that former top economic policymaker, Liu Tienan, has been placed under judicial investigation for suspected bribe taking.
"The Supreme People's Procuratorate has decided to open an investigation into the case of Liu," Xinhua news agency said.