» 07/18/2012 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
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.