Bo Xilai struggles to fend off bribery allegations, calls wife `insane`
China`s disgraced Communist leader Bo Xilai who has been charged with bribery, embezzlement, power abuse has described his wife Bogu Kailai as "insane".
Zee Media Bureau
Beijing: China`s disgraced Communist leader Bo Xilai who has been charged with bribery, embezzlement, power abuse has described his wife Bogu Kailai as "insane".
Xilai said this after his corruption trial heard video testimony from her implicating him in bribery. Revealing her husband`s secrets, his wife said they bought a luxury villa in France for a whopping 2.6 million Euro using bribes paid to her husband.
During the trial at the Jinan Intermediate People`s Court in China`s Shandong Province, Chinese prosecutors tried to fox 64-year-old Bo by releasing the video of his wife Kailai`s confessions as he continued to reject the allegations against him as a frame up.
In the video details of which were released by the Jinan Intermediate Court in its micro blog account stated that Gu, 54, bought a villa near Nice in France with the help of British businessman Neil Heywood.
Observers say that her account provide fascinating details of private lives of top Chinese leaders whose lifestyles in the recent years have undergone dramatic changes as China expanded its economic reforms emerging as the second largest economy.
Heywood was murdered in 2011 by Gu for threatening the safety of her son Bo Guagua. Gu was given a suspended death sentence with a two years reprieve.
In 2002, while serving as the governor of Liaoning province, Bo used his post to conspire with others to embezzle five million yuan of public funds from the Dalian city government, the prosecutors added.
He was also accused of abusing power when dealing with his wife Kailai`s murder case and the defection of his associate, Wang Lijun, in 2012.
Relevant video and audio evidences were presented in court to show that Xu Ming provided funds for Bogu Kailai to buy a villa in France and that Bo Xilai was aware of this.
The evidences were examined by the prosecutors, the defendant and Bo`s lawyers.
Bo did not acknowledge the accusations, but expressed conflicting views on key facts during his defence.
Prosecutors said that the evidence presented in court was taken legally from clear sources.
According to a testimony of French architect Patrick Devillers` who played role in the purchase of the villa Heywood was very angry with Gu for asking to transfer his stake in the French property to another person and demanded 1.4 million pounds as compensation in May 2011.
He had previously been entrusted by Gu to hold the stake on her behalf. This is the first time prosecutors released the details of why Gu chose to kill Heywood providing a graphic account.
The prosecutors also produced confessions of police chief of Chongqing Wang Lijun who said he recalled Gu got angry, because Heywood allegedly owed her several million yuan in rent income from the property and threatened the safety of her son Bo Guagua when she demanded the money.
He said Gu had told him that Heywood made seven to eight million yuan a year (over USD 1 million) in rent, but failed to transfer the money. Gu also alleged her son Bo Guagua received threats in 2011, she compiled a list of suspects which included Heywood.
Bo, 64, was charged by the Jinan people`s procuratorate. The indictment was delivered to the court July 25.
Bo took advantage of his position as a civil servant to seek gains for others, as well as accepted bribes in the form of large amounts of money and property, according to the indictment.
From 1999 to 2012, the indictment stated, Bo was asked by Tang, general manager of Dalian International Development Co. Ltd, and Xu, chairman of Dalian Shide Group Co. Ltd, to provide help for related parties and individuals to obtain preferential quotas to import cars and work on petrochemical projects.
Bo also took advantage of his posts as mayor of Dalian, secretary of CPC Dalian committee, governor of Liaoning Province and minister of commerce in doing so.
Bo is a former secretary of the Chongqing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and a former member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau.