The long awaited trial of disgraced Chinese politician, Bo Xilai, began on Thursday at the courthouse in China’s Jinan City.
The man once tipped for the highest level of government is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power.
In court he said that he is “willing to bear the legal responsibilities”. Chinese state television reported that Bo did not contest the evidence shown in court.
Bo supporters have camped outside the courthouse. He was, and remains a popular politician, known for his crackdown on crime and a drive to promote China’s old communist values.
One protester said that he was “concerned what direction China will go in after the case is over”. He asked whether their “human rights” would be respected and if the people would “have the right to vote” in a “real democracy”.
The trial is connected to that of his wife’s. Last year Gu Kailai was convicted of the murder of a British businessman.
The proceedings are due to last two days with a verdict expected in September. It’s expected that Bo will receive a lengthy prison sentence.