Ex-police chief stands trial in China political scandal
Chinese police officers stand guard outside the Chengdu Intermediate Peoples Court where Wang Lijun, former Director of Chongqing Public Security Bureau, stands trials in Chengdu city, southwest Chinas Sichuan province, 18 September 2012. A former police chief who revealed Chinas biggest political scandal in two decades has gone on trial charged with attempting to defect to the United States, in a hearing that could send shivers through Chinas leadership transition. Wang Lijun, ex-police chief of southwestern Chongqing municipality, lifted the lid on the scandal in February when he went to a U.S. consulate and, according to sources, told envoys there about a murder that would later bring down one of the nations most senior and ambitious politicians, Bo Xilai. The trial started on Monday (17 September 2012) in the city of Chengdu with an unannounced closed-door se
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