Bo Xilai: disgraced politician, proud father of a future Columbia grad, and now accomplice to murder. Mr. Bo’s trial is coming soon, and Caijing magazine has claimed that one of the many allegations against him will be that of “preventing” his former police chief from investigating the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood in 2011.
Gu Kailai, Bo’s wife, was tried and found guilty of the murder last August, but many believed that Bo helped his wife cover up the murder, if he didn’t actively participate in the act itself. The Telegraph reports:
[Caijing] claimed Mr Bo would be accused of “preventing” his former police chief, Wang Lijun, from investigating Mr Heywood’s death and unlawfully relieving Mr Wang of his duties. […]
Mr Heywood’s death in November 2011 was initially attributed to the excessive consumption of alcohol but in August last year Ms Gu was convicted of having poisoned Mr Heywood and given a suspended death sentence. Mr Wang received a 15-year sentence for trying to cover up the murder.
There are also reports that Gu herself will testify and present evidence at Bo’s trial, which will likely take place sometime in August. China’s courts still tout a lovely 99% conviction rate, so whatever the charges, Bo will be staying in prison for an extremely long time.