JINAN, China (Reuters) - A Chinese court showed the first picture of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai in 17 months as he appeared at the start of his trial on Thursday.

The picture, issued by the Jinan court in eastern China and shown on state media, showed a clean-shaven Bo standing in the dock without handcuffs, his hands crossed in front of him, and flanked by two policemen.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch and Judy Hua; Editing by Ron Popeski)