Gu Kailai, the wife of scandal-ridden Chinese politician Bo Xilai, allegedly confessed to murdering British businessman Neil Heywood to halt him from revealing her financial misdeeds, according to a report by a Japanese newspaper.
Heywood, 41, found dead last year, was closely associated with Gu and Bo, the former Party Secretary of Chongqing who was stripped of power earlier this year. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is investigating Bo for other offenses including: nepotism, corruption, and misuse of power.
Gu, who has not been seen in public since March, is suspected of poisoning Heywood. Chinese officials initially attributed Heywood’s death to “binge drinking gone wrong.” CCP sources have now told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Gu admitted to killing the businessman to stop him from revealing her financial misdeeds. According to the report, sources said Gu received undeclared income over the years and transferred $6 billion overseas, using her husband’s influence to secure such deals.
The sources told the newspaper of an interim investigation report that was circulated among senior members of the CCP. In the report, which was created by the General Office of the Communist Party Central Committee, Gu said she killed Heywood because she was “driven into a corner” regarding an investigation of her financial dealings.
Sources said officials have decided to indict Gu and will investigate whether or not Bo was aware of the murder. Meanwhile, numerous officials and others associated with Bo, have been questioned.
Patrick Devillers, a French architect living in Cambodia and said to have close ties with Bo and Gu, was arrested in Cambodia for questioning, earlier this week, at the behest of Chinese authorities. Cambodian authorities said they would not extradite Devillers.
When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.
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