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Lawyers representing disgraced Chinese politician are from firm with close party ties

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.