China mulls risky public trial for fallen politico

4:33 AM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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BEIJING -- China's leadership faces a knotty choice in how to finish off fallen politician Bo Xilai without further damaging the Communist Party's image: Purge him the old-fashioned way -- in secret -- or run him through a public trial.

Analysts and a veteran party member say leaders are leaning toward a trial.

But either way, the challenge is to prevent lurid allegations that Bo abused his power and that his wife was involved a murder from upsetting a once-a-decade leadership transition just months away.

A party member informed of deliberations on the case and who spoke on condition of anonymity says Communist Party internal investigators are working with prosecutors to whittle down the charges to portray Bo's infractions as individual acts unrelated to the system.

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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