Bo may face criminal charges for blocking probe
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 16:34
  
Beijing: Purged Chinese Communist leader Bo Xilai could face criminal charges for blocking investigations into the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, as Whitehall mounted pressure on Beijing to probe the matter.

Law expert Prof Wang Chengwang went on air on state television to explain that as an influential party leader Bo would first be probed by a disciplinary commission before police and judicial authorities take over.

Beijing: Purged Chinese Communist leader Bo Xilai could face criminal charges for blocking investigations into the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, as Whitehall mounted pressure on Beijing to probe the matter.

Law expert Prof Wang Chengwang went on air on state television to explain that as an influential party leader Bo would first be probed by a disciplinary commission before police and judicial authorities take over.

Bo later said investigations could go on but transferred Wang from the post. Fearing reprisals Wang, till recently a close aide of Bo, fled to the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6 to protect himself.

His move set off a nationwide uproar as he sought refuge in the mission of "enemy country". He later came out after persuasion and surrendered to central police.

Bo's detractors, who apprehended that he tried to revive old hardline Maoist ideology, seize the opportunity to press for his ouster and prosecution.

Heywood was initially declared dead due to excessive alcohol. The claim was later questioned as he was not known to be heavy drinker.

Ever since the announcement of his sacking, the official media has unleashed a barrage of criticism against Bo.

Besides leading a high profile and luxurious life, his wife was accused of being "soul mate" of 41-year-old Heywood.

They both reportedly fell out after Heywood demanded hefty commission from a huge sum of money Gu wanted to transfer abroad.

A local Communist leader subsequently claimed of supplying potassium cyanide to Gu, which she reported to have administered to Heywood leading to his death.

Also Bo's son Bo Guagua who is studied in Oxford and Harvard Universities was accused of leading a luxurious life with expensive sports cars.

Analysts here say that the Bo and Gu could be formally charged and prosecuted in the coming weeks before the din dies down.

The CPC wants to ensure a smooth election process during 18th National Congress expected to be held in November to elect a new leadership to succeed top leaders, including President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 16:34


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