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Bo Xilai's Wife Admits Murder: Newspaper

Gu Kailai reportedly confesses to killing Brit Neil Heywood
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2012 11:40 AM CDT
Bo Xilai's Wife Admits Murder: Newspaper
In this 2007 photo, former Chongqing Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai, right, accompanied by his wife Gu Kailai, attends a funeral for his father in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News/China Foto Press)

(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 sources as saying an indictment is near, notes the Telegraph. The sources also say that Gu smuggled somewhere around $6 billion overseas.

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  • Cambodia arrest: A Cambodian official says a French architect with strong business ties to Bo and Gu will not be extradited to China or anywhere else, at least for now, reports Reuters. Police in Phnom Penh arrested Patrick Devillers earlier this month at Beijing's request but haven't disclosed much else, including why he got detained in the first place. "We don't know the reason," said the minister. "We are waiting for further investigation."
(Read more Bo Xilai stories.)

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