Bo Xilai implicated in Briton's murder
Report suggests he was told about wife's role in businessman's death
BEIJING - Purged Chongqing boss Bo Xilai has been implicated for the first time in a murder committed by his wife Gu Kailai, which suggests the disgraced politician could face criminal charges and jail time.
The official Xinhua news agency, in a report yesterday about the trial of Wang Lijun, said Chongqing's former police chief had told "the Chongqing party committee's main responsible person at the time" about Gu's role in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood last November.
It is clear that the unnamed person is Mr Bo, said several observers. "There's no mistake about it. It cannot refer to anyone else but Bo Xilai," said Renmin University analyst Zhang Ming.
Wang was rebuked and slapped in public by the person, according to Xinhua. The incident, which took place in late January this year, led Wang to have a change of heart about covering up the murder for Gu.