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  • » 07/18/2012, 00.00

    CAMBODIA - CHINA

    French architect linked to Bo Xilai in China to testify in trial against former Chongqing party boss



    Cambodia detained Patrick Henri Devillers on 13 June at Beijing's request. He apparently chose to testify in the trial against Bo and his wife Gu Kailai. Devillers and Neil Heywood, a British businessman killed in Chongqing in November 2011, were closely connected.

    Beijing (AsiaNews/ Agencies) - Patrick  Henri Devillers, a French architect with alleged links to Bo Xilai and his wife, will testify at the trial of the disgraced former Communist leader in Chongqing, Cambodia's Information minister said on Wednesday.

    Patrick Henri Devillers, 52, was detained on 13 June in Cambodia, where he had been living for several years, at China's request.

    Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said that Devillers voluntarily flew to China to testify in the trial against Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai. Chinese authorities do not appear to have forced the decision.

    Devillers appears to be involved in the death of British businessman Neil Heywood. Both had close links with Gu Kailai, a suspect in Heywood's death.

    The Frenchman had been in Cambodia for at least five years. He entered Bo's inner circle whilst living in Dalian in the 1990s when Bo, who was mayor of the city at the time, helped him chase up an unpaid debt.

    Chinese authorities have not publicly said whether Devillers himself is involved in the murder case or accused of any crime.

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    See also

    28/09/2012 CHINA
    Party expels Bo Xilai, announces congress date
    Bo's "actions created grave repercussions, and massively damaged the reputation of the party and the state," Xinhua reports. Forensic scientist casts doubts on the official version of British businessman's death. Party congress set for 8 November.

    20/09/2012 CHINA
    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.

    11/08/2012 CHINA
    Chongqing Saga: Bo Xilai’s wife accepts murder charges
    The news was broadcast by Chinese state media. Only press allowed access to Gu Kailai’s trial last August 9. The woman justified the murder of Neil Heywood with a mental breakdown due to the threats to her son. Suspicions about a deal between Bo and the leaders in Beijing to prevent further scandals. Experts maintain Chongqing leader’s wife is following a script drawn up by Chinese Communist Party.

    09/08/2012 CHINA
    “Trial of the century" begins (and ends) against Gu Kailai
    The trial is reminiscent of the one against Mao's wife, head of the Gang of Four. Media denied court access. Accused only permitted court appointed defense lawyers, who have not yet met with their clients. The many oddities indicate that the sentence has already been written and it's all in favor of the Communist Party. The trial will be brief because the leadership want to forget this story and prepare for the Congress this autumn.

    10/08/2012 CHINA
    Chongqing saga: police and Wang Lijun on trial. Silence on Bo Xilai
    Four officers are accused of helping Bo Xilai’s wife to conceal the murder of Heywood. Gu Kailai poisoned the British recruiter after making him drunk. The verdict is expected in these days. The woman, who did not contest the allegations and cooperated, will receive a soft sentence. In a few days the trial of Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai’s former right hand man, for "treason". Under no circumstances, is name of the former Party secretary of Chongqing mentioned. Leadership fears uncovering of the corrupt world of the "princes" and the Party, before the autumn Congress.



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