Ousted Chinese politician's lawyers close to party

AP News
Posted: Jan 21, 2013 4:32 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who is accused of corruption, will be represented by two Beijing-based attorneys from a large Chinese law firm that enjoys national prestige — and close ties to the ruling Communist Party.

Bo was once a high-flying contender for a top post until a scandal involving his wife's murder of a British businessman was exposed last year, embarrassing the party and disrupting its preparations for a pivotal leadership transition.

Attorney Li Guifang said Monday in a phone interview that he and colleague Wang Zhaofeng will represent Bo. He had no further details. The lawyers are from a well-known firm that says it has represented government departments and state enterprises on many major projects.