Bo Xilai: disgraced China politician 'stages hunger strike' ] Bo Xilai is stubbornly resisting an investigation into him, has reportedly staged hunger strikes in protest, and may have to be tried in secret, according to a source close to the disgraced Communist party leader. The source, who declined to be named because of the extreme sensitivity of the case, said the trial was now likely to be delayed until â€œat least Aprilâ€ and that it was â€œnot clearâ€ whether the authorities would risk giving Mr Bo his day in an open court. Meanwhile, the news agency Reuters said it had confirmed rumours that Mr Bo, 63, was refusing to cooperate with investigators and had staged at least two hunger strikes. â€œHe was on hunger strike twice and force fed,â€ an unnamed source told the news agency. â€œHe was not tortured, but fell ill and was taken to a hospital in Beijing for treatment.â€ A second source confirmed rumours of Mr Boâ€™s hunger strike and said he had also refused to shave in protest. â€œHis beard is long, chest-length,â€ the unnamed source claimed. â€œHe refused to cooperate. He wouldn't answer questions and slammed his fist on a table and told them they were not qualified to question him and to go away.â€ A source close to Mr Boâ€™s family said Mr Boâ€™s â€œstrength of characterâ€ meant it was unlikely that he would toe the party line, follow the example set by his wife Gu Kailai and his former police chief Wang Lijun, and meekly confess his sins. â€œI cannot see that happening,â€ the source, who insisted on anonymity, said. â€œHe will not stand up in court and say what they want him to. I would not be surprised if that is why his trial has been delayed." Until March last year, Mr Bo was the powerful party chief of Chongqing and a man tipped to rise to the very top of the Party. He was thought to have his sights set on a position on Chinaâ€™s elite Politburo Standing Committee and was courted by politicians and business people from around the world. But the fall-out from the November 2011 murder of British businessman Neil Heywood sent Mr Boâ€™s political career into a spectacular nose-dive. He was stripped of his position, expelled from the ruling Communist Party and, in August last year, his wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted of poisoning 41-year-old Mr Heywood. Since vanishing from the public eye last March, Mr Boâ€™s whereabouts have been a closely guarded secret. When his day in court arrives, he is expected to face charges of corruption and a possible role in covering up Mr Heywoodâ€™s murder. But the details of when and where he will go on trial remain a closely guarded secret. Rumours that Mr Bo is not cooperating with authorities and could use a public trial to attack political rivals, have led to speculation that he may be tried in secret. A recent report in Boxun, a US-based website that deals in scurrilous but sometimes accurate Chinese political gossip, recently claimed that Beijing feared Mr Bo might seek to air â€œincriminating informationâ€ about other senior leaders at a public trial. Li Xiaolin, a lawyer with links to Mr Boâ€™s wife, said he believed a trial would â€œnot be held in the near futureâ€ but dismissed claims it would be held privately. â€œI think it is very unlikely Bo will receive a secret trial, unless it involves state secrets,â€ he said. â€œThere is no need for a secret trial which would be embarrassing and have a negative influence,â€ he added. â€œThere are various ways of holding an open trial and avoiding any unexpected incidents. They can screen those who will attend Bo Xilai: disgraced China politician 'stages hunger strike' - Telegraph ***************************************** Bo is a man who knows too much and is also a popular leader. It will not be easy for the CCP to try him. The proceedings, if leaked out, can cause great turmoil since there are activist on the internet and it will make the CCP and Xi Jumping in a tizzy. Ideal would be to try him in secret and then dispose of him quietly. But that too can be risky and so the CCP will surely be in a bind. Bo is going to be a serious embarrassment for the CCP and for the Chinese Communist Govt, more so since China and the world are eagerly following the case and so it cannot vanish into thin air. Bo will surely not toe the CCP line and instead spill the beans!