Communist World News

Chinese Politician Loses Power; Wife Accused of Murder.

In Asia on April 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

BEIJING, CHINA — Bo Xilai, The Communist leader who sought to destroy gangsters that controlled the mega-city of Chongqing, was removed from power and his wife has been accused of murder.

According to Xinhua News Agency, a state-ran media agency reported the news Tuesday, just weeks after Bo was relieved of his duties in the city that he helped become a powerful economic city of China.

“[Bo] has been suspended from the ruling Communist Party’s Central Committee and its powerful 25-member Politburo. The son of a Maoist-era revolutionary, Bo is under investigation for “serious discipline violations.” Xinhua reported.

His wife, Gu Kailai, and family aide Zhang Xiaojun have been handed over to authorities as suspects in the death of of British businessman Neil Heywood, Xinhuar said.

Heywood’s body was discovered dead on Nov. 15 in a hotel room in Chongqing. Chinese officals first stated Heywood died from alcohol posioning.

Bo’s reputatin hit rock bottom when his police chief, Wang Lijun, made an apparent asylum bid in February at the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu, casting a shadow over preparations for the once-a-decade handover of power this fall to a new lineup of leaders. Until then, he was set to join the nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo, the top decision-making body in China.

“the Chinese government tells the world defiantly that it has nothing but disdain for human rights and that it treats its international and constitutional obligations merely as decorations,” said Renee Xia, international director of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a Hong Kong-based rights group.

– Viktor

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