By Ma Latang
Jiang Weiping (姜维平), a journalist who was jailed for investigating Bo’s corruption, told Voice of America that Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai’s wife, has Hong Kong ID and Singapore greencard.
“She does not only have Hong Kong ID, but also a Singapore green card. I am sure, because she has transferred her assets to Hong Kong and sent her child to Singapore for education, where he learnt English. Gu Kailai approximately spent three to five years travelling around the world, mainly to Singapore and the UK,” Jiang Weiping said in the interview.
Jiang once worked for Mingpao, a Hong Kong-based newspaper related to Beijing and had written articles in pseudonyms exposing the corruption of high-ranking Communist Party officials including Bo Xilai.
He was arrested by state agents and jailed for five years for “leaking state secrets” in Dalian, where Bo served as mayor at that time and was under three years of house arrest after release. He is now in exile in Toronto, Canada.
Gu Kailai was referred to in official news reports as “Bogu Kailai”, with Bo Xilai’s family name Bo attached before Gu’s family name. This practice is unusual in mainland China, which some think have taken to infer that Gu is no longer a Chinese national and may have acquired foreign citizenship or permanent right of residence in the UK.
Jiang says “Bogu Kailai” is the name Gu Kailai herself uses outside of China. Such practice, he says, is especially popular among successful female Hong Kong entrepreneurs to show that the family is still “harmonious”.
Incidentally, a People’s Daily article published yesterday also referred to corrupt officials who “commit crime abroad or transfer dirty assets abroad, and some even secretly acquire foreign citizenship or dual citizenship.”