Bo Xilai wife present at Heywood murder

Published:  25 Apr at 6 PM
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As reported by the Telegraph, the wife of Bo Xilai, Gu Kailai, who is accused of killing the UK businessman Neil Heywood, confessed that she was present when the victim was poisoned. Wang Lijun, the ex chief of police of Chongqing, has told US officials that Mrs Gu had pleaded guilty to murder with the phrase: "I did it."

Wang Lijun gave his account of Mrs Gu alleged confession to US diplomats at the American consulate in the city of Chengdu back in February. He had run away from Chongqing, allegedly fearing for his life, after informing Bo Xilai that his wife might have been involved in Neil Heywood's death.

Mr Wang spent almost thirty hours at the US consulate, where he gave US diplomats his description of what had occurred. He gave a nearly identical description to Chinese authorities and these accounts have also been offered in official circles outside and within China.

According to Mr Wang, Mr Heywood, who was a family friend of Mr Bo and his wife, as well as a fixer who worked in China, was locked in a hotel room and was pressured to drink cyanide. Afterwards, Mrs Gu allegedly confessed to the crime. Gu allegedly said “I did it” to Wang three times, says a diplomatic source, who said Heywood spat out the poison and was forced to take more.

A series of allegations on the alleged crime have, for several weeks, begun freely circulating, a rare phenomenon in a nation as censored as China. This has prompted suspicions that the Communist Party was attempting to smear Mr Bo ahead of the publications of any investigation findings.
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