|After 18 months incommunicado, Bo Xilai looks shorter than the guards...|
But we really like Ai Weiwei's take on the proceedings:
|We're sure Ai Weiwei would have loved to be in the room...|
Then he began denouncing Tang as a "rabid dog" and described Tang's testimony as "the ugly performance of a person selling his soul". The judge had to warn Bo to mind his language.
Bo also interrogated Xu Ming, the other businessman who allegedly gave money to Gu and Bo Guagua. Xu's answers demonstrated he did not give money to Bo directly, nor did he directly ask for favours.
Xu also claimed that in 2001 he paid Bo Guagua's credit card bill of £30,000 -- but he was only 13 years old at the time...
Bo also claimed to not know much about the family's finances, claiming Gu looked after this and so he had no idea how much his son's tuition fees were, or how much trips cost and such.
And thus ended the first day.
Bo refused to go down without a fight, and it sounds like he did a pretty good job of defending himself.
However, his guilt is a foregone conclusion -- how guilty remains to be seen...