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Tue Apr 10, 2012, 01:40 PM

Murder at Center of Chinese Scandal That Tarred Official

Source: NYT

BEIJING — Bo Xilai, a high-ranking Communist Party official, was stripped of his most powerful posts on Tuesday, and the authorities said his wife was being held in connection with what they called the suspected murder of a British businessman, the latest revelations in a political scandal that has rocked China’s leadership.

Mr. Bo, who had already lost his post as chief of the metropolitan region of Chongqing, was suspended from the Politburo, the 25-member body that runs China, and removed from the Central Committee, the government announced. The move formally ended the political career of Mr. Bo, who as recently as March was viewed as likely to assume one of the top nine posts in the leadership.

China also announced late Tuesday night that Mr. Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, a lawyer, was being investigated along with a member of their household staff in the November death of Neil Heywood, a British businessman who had close ties to the Bo family.

Mr. Heywood was found dead in his hotel room in Chongqinq, and officials there issued a death certificate stating that the cause was alcohol poisoning. His relatives said the body was cremated without an autopsy. But officials now believe he was the victim of an “intentional homicide,” China’s official Xinhua news agency said. A spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office said that officials were unable to comment as they were in meetings to discuss the matter. Xinhua said Mr. Heywood, Ms. Gu and her son, Bo Guagua, had had close relations but later had “a conflict over economic interests.” The agency did not specify the suspected cause of death. It said Ms. Gu and Zhang Xiaojun, described as an “orderly” working in Mr. Bo’s home, were the prime suspects in the case.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/world/asia/detained-party-official-facing-ouster-from-politburo.html

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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 07:02 PM

1. Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops'

A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports.

The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation.

The websites described how Old Harrovian Neil Heywood, 41, died from cyanide poisoning after allegedly having an affair with lawyer Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, seen until recently as a future leader of China.
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It was alleged yesterday that Mr Heywood was murdered after helping Mrs Gu to siphon nearly £800million of assets overseas.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2129870/Briton-China-murder-riddle-poisoned-cyanide-drops-Sensational-new-claims-expats-mystery-death-hotel.html#ixzz1s3gxRXsP


OK - this time, the Mail has drawn me in, fascinated by what it's saying. We all have our threshold for gossip ...

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Sun Apr 15, 2012, 06:51 AM

2. More here from the Guardian

Chinese police seek blogger who revealed death of Neil Heywood

The Chinese reporter who first revealed Neil Heywood's death on his microblog – apparently unaware of its alleged connection to the family of senior communist party leader Bo Xilai – has been sought by officials, he has revealed .

Chinese state media announced last week that Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, and a family employee were in custody on suspicion of murdering the Briton, who died in Chongqing last November.

Bo, then party secretary of the south-western city, has been suspended from key political roles and is under investigation for disciplinary violations.

Journalist Chu Chaoxin wrote on his microblog: "I don't deny that I posted the name of Neil Heywood first in March. Because of this, yesterday there were public people without licences who were trying to find me and harassed my friend and intended to take him to the police station with the excuse that he didn't have a temporary residency certificate ."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/apr/15/china-neil-heywood-death-blogger

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