UPDATING THE CAPTION WHEN THE TRIAL STARTED - People walk past the Chengdu Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. The trial of Wang Lijun, an ex-police chief at the center of China's worst political scandal in decades, started unexpectedly Monday, a day earlier than the court in the central city of Chengdu had announced. At the height of his career, Wang led a police crackdown on the violent underworld in a sprawling metropolis, arresting hundreds of gangsters and government officials, some of whom were sentenced and executed in a matter of months. Now the former police chief is in the hands of the opaque Chinese justice he once brandished against others. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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UPDATING THE CAPTION WHEN THE TRIAL STARTED - People walk past the Chengdu Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. The trial of Wang Lijun, an ex-police chief at the center of China's worst political scandal in decades, started unexpectedly Monday, a day earlier than the court in the central city of Chengdu had announced. At the height of his career, Wang led a police crackdown on the violent underworld in a sprawling metropolis, arresting hundreds of gangsters and government officials, some of whom were sentenced and executed in a matter of months. Now the former police chief is in the hands of the opaque Chinese justice he once brandished against others. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
UPDATING THE CAPTION WHEN THE TRIAL STARTED - People walk past the Chengdu Intermediate People's Court in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. The trial of Wang Lijun, an ex-police chief at the center of China's worst political scandal in decades, started unexpectedly Monday, a day earlier than the court in the central city of Chengdu had announced. At the height of his career, Wang led a police crackdown on the violent underworld in a sprawling metropolis, arresting hundreds of gangsters and government officials, some of whom were sentenced and executed in a matter of months. Now the former police chief is in the hands of the opaque Chinese justice he once brandished against others. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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