The son of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai says he hopes his father will be allowed to defend himself “without constraints” at his upcoming trial.
In a statement to the New York Times, Bo Guagua said he had been denied contact with his parents for 18 months.
Bo Xilai – a former party high-flier – goes on trial on Thursday charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. He was expelled from the Communist Party amid a scandal over the murder of a British businessman, Neil Heywood. His wife, Gu Kailai, was jailed in August 2012 for the killing of Mr Heywood, reportedly over a deal gone wrong.
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