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Bo Xilai on trial for corruption

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has started his trial for bribery and abuse of power. One of the most high-profile prosecutions in decades, the trial is taking place in Jinan, Shandong Province. There was a huge police presence for Bo Xilai's arrival, and numerous demonstrations took place by people who oppose either the politician, the Chinese justice system, or both.

Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
China's Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai attends closing session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People on March 13, 2012 in Beijing, China. Known as 'liang hui,' or 'two organizations', it consists of meetings of China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), and its advisory auxiliary, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). (Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
A police van arrives at the Intermediate People's Court where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will soon go on trial in Jinan, Shandong Province on August 20, 2013. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock August 22 on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. His downfall began when a British businessman was found dead in a hilltop hotel room. As the drama finally nears its conclusion, the Communist Party is touting it as proof of its intent to crack down on corruption. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
Police detain an elderly demonstrator who was protesting against the Chinese justice system on August 21, 2013 outside the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, Shandong Province where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will soon go on trial. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock August 22 on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
Police try to control a growing crowd on August 21, 2013 outside the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, Shandong Province where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will soon go on trial. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock August 22 on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
Police march outside the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, Shandong Province on August 21, 2013 where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will soon go on trial. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock August 22 on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
A demonstrator protests against the Chinese justice system on August 21, 2013 outside the Intermediate People's Court in Jinan, Shandong Province where disgraced politician Bo Xilai will soon go on trial. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai will find himself in a criminal dock August 22 on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. (AFP/Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
Chinese policemen guard outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court on August 21, 2013 in Jinan, China. Chinese authorities will issue formal charges against ousted politician Bo Xilai at Jinan Intermediate People's Court on August 22. Bo, the former party boss of the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, was accused of massive corruption, illicit sexual affairs and abetting the coverup of a murder by his wife. (Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
A Chinese policeman guards outside the Jinan Intermediate People's Court on August 22, 2013 in Jinan, China. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai is standing trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. Bo Xilai made global headlines last year when his wife wife Gu Kailai was charged and convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. (Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
A petitioner holds papers as he stands atop a pillar near the Jinan Intermediate People's Court where the trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai is held on August 22, 2013 in Jinan, China. Former Chinese politician Bo Xilai is standing trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. Bo Xilai made global headlines last year when his wife wife Gu Kailai was charged and convicted of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. (Getty Images)
Bo Xilai on trial for corruption
Police arrive at the Intermediate People's Court before disgraced politician Bo Xilai arrives for his trial in Jinan, Shandong Province on August 22, 2013. Once one of China's highest-flying politicians, Bo Xilai found himself in the criminal dock on trial for bribery and abuse of power in the country's highest-profile prosecution in decades. (AFP/Getty Images)