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George Washington University Law School

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bo Xilai trial scheduled for Jan. 28th in Guiyang, to last three days

That at least is what's being reported in Hong Kong's PRC-affiliated Ta Kung Pao (大公报). His defense lawyers are Li Guifang and Wang Zhaofeng of Beijing's Deheng Law Firm. I don't know anything about Wang, but Li is a respected figure.According to some reports, Bo's son Guagua had previously attempted to retain another lawyer - Li Xiaolin, who had defended Gu Kailai's accomplice, Zhang Xiaojun - but Bo had nixed it. Li Xiaolin is quoted in the Ta Kung Pao as saying he didn't mind: "The less I know [about this case], the better."

UPDATE: The Duowei news site says that the Guiyang Intermediate People's Court states that it has "received no plans" for the trial of Bo. This is kind of a strange locution to use if an outright denial was intended. On the other hand, they're going to look pretty silly if the trial does indeed go ahead on the 28th and they insist they knew nothing about it a mere three days earlier, and they must know that, so maybe the denial is accurate. Wheels within wheels!

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