Friday, 22 June 2012

Apparent Confession

Japanese paper Asahi Shimbun is reporting that according to Chinese Communist Party sources, disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai's wife Gu Kailai has allegedly confessed to killing Briton Neil Heywood.

She apparently told investigators she killed him to avoid him from revealing the illegal remittances of billions of dollars overseas that he helped her funnel out of the country.

The 53-year-old lawyer claimed she felt "driven into a corner" by the investigation into her financial dealings and allegedly gave specific details on how Heywood was killed.

It is believed Gu was receiving undeclared income from the early 1990s and that she transferred some $6 billion to accounts in the names of relatives, and acquaintances in the United States, UK and elsewhere. It is believed Heywood helped her set up these accounts and funnel the money into them.

She also apparently admitted to taking bribes, telling investigators she received cash from numerous companies because she was the wife of Bo.

In other news, Cambodia has caught another foreigner who has been linked to the scandal, French architect Patrick Devillers. It is believed he also helped Gu with the remittances.

While China and France have asked Cambodia to extradite Devillers, Cambodia will not extradite him to neither country.

We shall see if Asahi Shimbun's report is correct in the next few months...

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