Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Heywood: Chinese Whistleblower Charged

The former Chinese police chief who blew the whistle in the Neil Heywood murder case has been charged with taking bribes.

Wang Lijun fled to the US Consulate in Chengdu to expose former Chinese politician Bo Xilai's involvement in the murder of the British businessman and the information he gave the Americans ultimately led to Gu Kailai, Bo's wife, standing trial.

Wang Lijun, who was understood to have sought asylum in the US Consulate, has been charged with defection, power abuse, and bribe taking, according to China's Xinhua News Agency.

Mr Wang claimed he had gone to the consulate in fear - believing Bo Xilai wanted to have him killed. It was suggested the powerful Mr Bo refused to protect his police chief who was being investigated over corruption allegations. Read More