HEFEI, China — The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai lured a British businessman to a hotel in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where she got him drunk and poisoned him, according to testimony today in one of China’s highest-profile murder trials.
The secretive trial of Gu Kailai and a household aide, who are accused of murdering Bo family associate Neil Heywood, ended within hours at the Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei. The defendants did not contest the murder charges. A guilty verdict is all but assured and could carry a death sentence.
Bo was one of China’s most powerful and charismatic politicians until he was ousted in the spring as the scandal surrounding Heywood’s death unfolded. Gu and Heywood were business associates but had a dispute over economic interests, according to Tang, whose account matched details from the indictment reported in official media several weeks ago. Gu thought Heywood was a threat to her 24-year-old son, Bo Guagua, and decided to have him killed, said Tang.