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Police chief at center of China scandal to be tried for treason: report.

HONG KONG, May 21 Kyodo

A former police chief at the center of a major political scandal in China will be tried for treason, the South China Morning Post said Monday.

The English-language daily quoted unnamed sources who have been briefed on the case as saying that a special legal team has already been set up for the trial of Wang Lijun, former police chief of Chongqing municipality and aide to purged leader Bo Xilai.

The trial will take place in Sichuan Province's capital city Chengdu at a date that is still unknown.

In February, Wang fled to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, near Chongqing, reportedly to seek asylum, triggering Bo's downfall. He later gave himself up to Chinese police.

According to earlier reports, Wang fled to the consulate after an alleged falling-out with Bo over the death of a Briton who had close links with Bo.

Bo, who had until recently been tipped to join China's inner leadership later this year, was removed as Communist Party chief of Chongqing in mid-March and subsequently ousted from the Politburo.

Bo and Gu are now under investigation by the Communist Party's disciplinary commission and the public security authorities, respectively.
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