Thursday, 26 July 2012

Charged with Murder

Gu Kailai (left) has been charged with intentional homicide
The suspense is over -- for now.

Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai has been charged with intentional homicide for the death of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Zhao Xiaojun, who was employed by the family, was also handed the same charge.

Originally officials claimed Heywood's death was due to excessive drinking and his family accepted the explanation though his close friends doubted this.

It was police chief Wang Lijun who discovered the link to Gu and that Heywood had died of alcohol poisoning. He apparently told Bo about this connection, but was dismissed, which made Wang fear for his life and led to his overnight visit to the American Consulate in Chengdu.

Wang had hoped for asylum, but this was not granted though he was given protection by Beijing security officials to go to the capital to answer for his actions.

This led to Bo's astounding political downfall.

What's interesting to note is that Bo is not implicated in the murder -- so does this mean he is "safe" politically?

Also the charges were filed by the Hefei Municipal Procuratorate in Anhui province, not Beijing or Chongqing.

The charges also claim that Gu and Zhao murdered Heywood because of "a conflict over economic interests", adding she committed the crime to protect her son, Bo Guagua.

She may claim it was Heywood's greed that forced her to do away with him, but really he was allegedly helping her funnel millions of dollars out of the country for the family.

No trial date has been set yet, but we are all anxious to see if the media will be allowed to cover it. We are also interested to hear what Zhao has to say for his actions, if he will claim he was ordered by Gu to help her.

Things are only going to get more interesting from here.

Stay tuned.

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