Beijing seizes material on Bo's major crimes: weekly
Central News Agency
Hong Kong, April 12 (CNA) Two days after former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai was ousted from the party's Politburo, the Yazhou Zhoukan weekly reported in its latest issue published Thursday that Beijing had obtained information showing that Bo is embroiled in at least seven major crimes.
According to the weekly's report, Bo is seriously involved in the following seven cases:
1: Corruption and taking bribes. Bo and his wife, Gu Kailai, are also highly suspected in the alleged murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.
2. Seriously violating party discipline. Bo decided to sack Wang Lijun from his post as Chongqing police chief Feb. 2 without consent from the Ministry of Public Security.
3. As one of China's most important leaders, Bo's close links to foreign businessmen affiliated to other countries' intelligence organizations posed a grave threat to national security.
4. Maliciously attacking the Communist Party of China and national leaders by manipulating the Internet and overseas media outlets.
5. Eavesdropping on state leadership and infiltrating the Central Security Bureau.
6. Scoffing national laws, unlawfully busting organized crime, perverting the course of the political and legal systems and hampering the market economy's mechanism.
7. Forming his own small cliques and advocating neo-Maoism in Chongqing, which is out of line with Beijing's policy.
According to the report, it is rare for such a prominent Chinese leader as Bo to be involved in so many high-profile scandals.
Aside from these serious crimes, the weekly reported that Bo's wife might also be involved in the death of the daughter of Yuan Xianqian, a former deputy mayor of Dalian, and in the disappearance of Zhang Weijie, a Dalian TV host who was supposedly a mistress of Bo.
There has been speculation that Yuan's daughter used to work at a company that employed Gu as a legal advisor for a long time. Gu was reportedly on good terms with Yuan's family, but the daughter "jumped to her death" one day after allegedly "killing" an executive of the company.
The case remained unsolved, but it was rumored that Bo did everything he could to prevent the media from reporting on the case.
(By Stanley Chung and Flor Wang)
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