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Chinese Reporter Held After Bo-Trial Gatecrash Call, FT Reports

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- A Chinese journalist who supports Bo Xilai was arrested after allegedly calling for people to gatecrash the ousted Politburo member’s corruption trial, the Financial Times reported.

Song Yangbiao, a Maoist and journalist with Guangzhou, China-based The Time Weekly newspaper, was detained Monday and faces charges of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles,” the newspaper reported.

Song took to Sina Corp.’s Twitter-like Weibo microblog service to urge people to converge on Bo’s trial in the city of Jinan and break him out of prison, the FT said, citing people who read the posts it didn’t identify. It said the posts have since been deleted.

Bo was charged last month with bribery, corruption and abuse of power. His wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted last year of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.

Police have confirmed that Song was detained, the FT reported, without citing anyone by name. It said family members and a lawyer representing Song confirmed the charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rachel Savage in London at rsavage10@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net

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