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China police to face trial for Gu 'cover-up': Xinhua

Published on Aug 9, 2012 6:27 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Four Chinese police officials will go on trial this week for attempting to "cover up" a murder allegedly carried out by the wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai, state media said on Thursday.

The four men tried to protect Bo's wife Gu Kailai "from being pursued for criminal responsibilities" after the death of British businessman Neil Heywood, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

All were senior police officials in Chongqing, the south-western Chinese city that Mr Bo ran until he was sacked earlier this year, and where Heywood's body was discovered in a hotel room in November.

The four men were charged on July 30 with "abusing the law and practising favouritism", and will face trial in the eastern city of Hefei on Friday, Xinhua said.

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