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Bo Xilai Bashes Key Witness: He's in Love With My Wife

Disgraced pol turns makes planned 2-day trial last 5

(Newser) - Earlier in his corruption trial, Bo Xilai dismissed his wife's testimony by calling her insane ; today, he attacked another witness by arguing that the man was in love with his wife. According to Bo, the government's top witness, former police chief Wang Lijun, and Bo's wife, Gu... More »

Slain Brit's Mom to China: Show Us 'Compassion'

Neil Heywood at center of Bo Xilai scandal

(Newser) - The mother of the British businessman murdered in China's biggest political scandal in decades has kept quiet about the matter—but now, she says, it's time to speak up. Ann Heywood is calling on China to show "decisiveness and compassion" to "mitigate the consequences of a... More »

Poisoned Brit Dished China Intel to MI6

Neil Heywood relayed information about Bo Xilai and his family

(Newser) - Neil Heywood, the businessman who Bo Xilai's wife was convicted of poisoning , fancied himself a spy—complete with 007 on his license plate and a job working for a dealer of the James Bond-favored Aston Martin. In reality, he actually had spy connections, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds.... More »

Ex-Police Chief in Bo Xilai Scandal Gets 15 Years

Noose tightens around Bo in murder case

(Newser) - The one-time Chinese police chief who blew the whistle on the Bo Xilai murder scandal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Wang Lijun, who attempted earlier this year to defect to the US, was sentenced today by the Chengdu City Intermediate People's Court for bending the law... More »

Gu Kailai Gets Suspended Death Sentence

Bo Xilai's wife will likely serve at least 14 years in death of Neil Heywood

(Newser) - The murderous wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence. Gu Kailai did not contest charges that she poisoned former Bo family associate and British businessman Neil Heywood, and was convicted of his murder in a one-day trial earlier this month. A suspended death... More »

Bo Xilai's Wife Confesses: Report

Gu Kailai cites mental breakdown: state media

(Newser) - Near the end of her seven-hour trial , Gu Kailai admitted killing British businessman Neil Heywood, Chinese state media say. The wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai apologized for what she called a "tragedy," saying the murder occurred during a "nervous breakdown," the BBC reports. She said... More »

Murder Trial of Bo Xilai's Wife Lasts 7 Hours

Verdict for Gu Kailai will come later

(Newser) - The wife of deposed Chinese official Bo Xilai didn't reject accusations that she murdered a British businessman during her single day in court. The hearings in the high-profile trial of Gu Xilai began and ended in just seven hours today, but a verdict won't come until a later,... More »

Bo Xilai's Wife Charged With Murder

Gu Kailai, aide allegedly poisoned Neil Heywood

(Newser) - The wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide have been charged with the murder of a British businessman, the government said today. The official Xinhua News Agency reports that the prosecutor's indictment said Bo's wife, Gu Kailai , had a falling out with Brit Neil... More »

Bo Xilai's Wife Admits Murder: Newspaper

Gu Kailai reportedly confesses to killing Brit Neil Heywood

(Newser) - Two twists in the China scandal involving ousted political leader Bo Xilai and wife Gu Kailai:
  • Confession? A Japanese newspaper reports that Gu has confessed to killing British businessman Neil Heywood , apparently because she was worried he knew too much about her illegal financial dealings. The report quotes anonymous Chinese
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China's Bo Scandal Erupted at US Consulate

Consulate shielded Wang Lijun from pro-Bo cops, but refused him amnesty

(Newser) - The biggest political scandal to hit China in a generation started with a visit to a US consulate that sparked a frantic State Department debate, the New York Times finds. When Chongqing chief Bo Xilai's deputy Wang Jilun fled to the US consulate in nearby Chengdu, he was refused... More »

China Honcho Ordered Brit's Murder Via Cyanide

Flood of new details suggests Communist Party encouraging reports

(Newser) - The British businessman who died mysteriously in China last November was actually poisoned with cyanide at the orders of disgraced politico Bo Xilai, reports the Daily Mail . Neil Heywood was killed because he was having an affair with Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and because he helped her sneak $1.... More »

China Detains Official's Wife as Murder Suspect

Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, arrested in death of Neil Heywood

(Newser) - The plot thickens in the downfall of a former top official in China: Bo Xilai's wife has been detained as a suspect in the death of a British executive. China has now suspended Bo from its leadership, dropping him from the Central Committee and Politburo; last month, he was... More »

Was Brit Exec Killed for Links to Booted China Boss?

UK embassy asks Chinese for investigation into mysterious death

(Newser) - The Chinese blogosphere has been buzzing ever since rising political star Bo Xilai was suddenly ousted from his important post in Chongqing . But now his downfall is being connected to the mysterious death last year of a British executive stationed in China, reports Bloomberg . Neil Heywood allegedly died of drinking... More »

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