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Bo Xilai's wife charged with murder
Indictment confirmed by the People's Court of Hefei. Kailai Gu and the butler Zhang Xiaojun, charged with poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood in his hotel room.
/ Agencies) - The People's Court of Hefei has charged Kailai Gu, the wife of Bo
Xilai, the former head of the Communist Party in Chongqing, for the murder of
Neil Heywood, a British citizen and family advisor. The
court also accused the butler Zhang Xiaojun, of aiding and abetting in Heywood's
to China's main news agency Xinhua, there
is substantial evidence against the two. Kailai
Gu and Xiaojun are believed to have poisoned the man to prevent revelations
about murky family affairs abroad, and threats against her son Bo Guagua.
announcement comes a week after the decision French architect Devillers
Patrick, close to the Bo family, to participate in the trial against the former
surrounding the murder of Neil Heywood emerged in February. In
March, the case of Bo Xilai broke, seriously undermining the Chinese Communist
fall is one of the most spectacular political dramas in China since Tiananmen. Upon
until his removal, on
March 15, he was seen as a successful man, destined to join the Politburo
Standing Committee. His
populist campaign to revive Maoism distributing wealth to the poor was shared
by several fringes of the party, including several "princes" such as
Xi Jinping, the successor of President Hu Jintao. In
his attempt to "clean Chongqing" of mafia triads, he used illegal methods
and also arrested hundreds of party members.
façade of Maoist populism did not stop Bo and his family however from amassing
enormous wealth at home and abroad. According
to rumors, Heywoods' threat to reveal the proportions of this wealth, sealed his fate, hitherto
regarded as "an old family friend."
Wang Lijun sentenced to 15 years. Now it may be Bo Xilai’s turn
Wang thanked the court and will not appeal. Great caution before the 18th Party Congress. It is assumed that Bo Xilai, former chief of Chongqing, will be expelled and prosecuted after the important meeting.
Charges laid against Wang Lijun. Again, no mention of Bo Xilai
The once powerful former police chief of Chongqing is accused of defection, abuse of power, corruption and hiding evidence. Although he was a close collaborator of Bo Xilai, the latter’s name is not mentioned in connection to the charges. Thanks to Wang murder intrigue of British businessman Heywood discovered. But the party accuses him of "betrayal", perhaps because he revealed the rot at centre of leadership.
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The powerful Chongqing Communist Party leader wants to become a member of the country’s most powerful institution. After a suspicious meeting with US diplomats, his right-hand man is arrested, threatening his rise to power.
Bo Xilai casts shadow on Wang Lijun's trial
An account of the trial in Xinhua reveals that Wang Lijun told ex Chongqing party chief of suspicions about his wife, who killed businessman Neil Heywood, and is slapped for this. Bo could go on trial shortly. Party congress date not yet announced.
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