Bo Xilai Trial a "No Show" in Guizhou

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Monday came and went in China, and there was no trial for former communist official Bo Xilai.

Dozens of journalists found that out Monday morning after converging outside a courthouse in Guiyang city of Guizhou province.

Last Friday, a Hong Kong-based newspaper reported Bo would be put on trial there today.

Now, a state-media report suggests the trial might not happen until at least March.

The Global Times, a state-run English language paper run by People's Daily, cited an unnamed official as saying Bo would not go to court until after the "Two Sessions." These are the annual meetings of China's rubberstamp parliament, the National People's Congress, the Communist Party's political advisory body, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

[Professor Zhang Zanning, Southeast University]
"I don't think the rumor came out of thin air, and now that the trial didn't happen, I don't think it'll happen before the Two Sessions (either). It brings up complicated issues, and the competing factions are still fighting; that's probably why the trial is delayed."

The uncertainty over Bo Xilai's impending trial has fueled comments on the lack of transparency within the communist leadership, particularly over a major case like this.

Chinese political scholar Liu Junning commented on his microblog Weibo account, (quote), "A grand nation such as China and we can't find a more trustworthy source than rumors."

Bo Xilai's case has grabbed global attention. It exposed a deep-seated rift between the top echelons of the Communist Party. Bo has not been seen in public since last March. And state-run media has revealed little about the exact charges Bo might face.

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