FORMER COMMUNIST PARTY star Bo Xilai was on the rise to take the top spot in China’s ruling party when Heywood was poisoned, which exploded in an epic international scandal, the likes of which rarely comes to light out of China. Gu Kailai, his wife, was immediately suspected as havings something to do with Heywood’s murder, because he was threatening to go public about money Ms. Gu was trying to move offshore, which is illegal in Chia. Neither Bo nor Gu have been seen since the accusations emerged, which was followed by Gu’s arrest.
(Reuters) – China has indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, for intentional homicide, in the latest development in a political scandal that has shaken the Party’s once-in-a-decade succession.
[...] Heywood was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader’s wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation told Reuters in April.
Gu has been in police custody for months on suspicion of committing or arranging Heywood’s murder, though no details of the motive or the crime itself had not been publicly released, other than a general comment from Chinese state media that he was killed after a financial dispute.
Bo, the 62-year-old Communist Party chief of Chongqing municipality in southwest China before his dismissal, was widely seen as pushing for a spot in that new leadership until felled by the scandal brought to light by his former police chief, Wang Lijun.
Bo was dismissed from his Chongqing post in March, and was suspended from the party’s top ranks in April, when his wife Gu was named as a suspect in the November 2011 murder of Heywood, a long-time friend of the couple whose son had earlier studied in England with the help of Heywood.
Their son Bo Guagua is also involved, with Zhang Xiaojun, an orderly at Mr. Bo’s home one of the defendants, along with his mother.
Reports are that there is “irrefutable and substantial” evidence against Ms. Gu and Mr. Zhang.