The Bo Xilai Trial: What’s It Really About?
China has charged disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai with bribery, abuse of power and corruption, paving the way for a potentially divisive trial. But what’s at stake goes beyond the fate of one allegedly corrupt official: Is it really a fight between factions in the Communist Party?
In the South China Morning Post, Jerome Cohen suggests that there may be many political landmines along the way to prosecution:
“Party leaders, whatever their views on constitutionalism and judicial independence, might easily disagree about the detailed issues that prosecution involves. Should Bo only be charged with bribery, abuse of power and embezzlement, as the ‘internal report’ indicates? What kind of ‘public’ trial should he have? Should it be extensive and televised like that of the Gang of Four, or truncated and regimented like that of (his wife) Gu Kailai? Can Bo, formerly a feisty person, be guaranteed to follow a script without displaying the impact of confinement’s coercion?”
He adds further comment below:
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