• Mon
  • Dec 22, 2014
  • Updated: 8:06am

Bo Xilai

Chinese Communist "princeling" Bo Xilai, expected by many to take a key leadership position in the leadership transition of 2012, was expelled from the Communist Party in September after a career that saw him as Mayor of Dalian City, Minister of Commerce and Party Chief of the Chongqing municipality. His wife Gu Kailai received a suspended death sentence in August 2012 for murdering British business partner Neil Heywood. 

NewsChina
CORRUPTION

Name of Bo Xilai's son taken off Columbia University's website

Move comes amid further reports confirming Bo Guagua will study at New York institution

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 July, 2013, 12:08pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 July, 2013, 4:56am
 

The name of Bo Guagua was removed from Columbia University's online student directory yesterday, as mainland censors briefly blocked social media posts about the scion of the once-powerful Bo family.

The South China Morning Post revealed on Monday that the son of disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai appeared to have enrolled in Columbia Law School for the autumn term. The New York Times later confirmed the move, citing "a family associate from Beijing with high-level contacts".

The internet began buzzing about the younger Bo's academic plans after a student bearing his unusual name appeared on the New York university's online directory. By yesterday, the directory listing was no longer publicly available.

The university said it would not comment on its applicants or students and declined to say why the directory item had been removed.

Enrolling in the three-year programme at the elite law school would allow the younger Bo to stay abroad during his parents' legal troubles.

Bo Xilai is expected to face trial next month after his indictment last week on bribery, embezzlement and abuse-of-power charges. If convicted he could face life in prison, or even the death penalty.

His wife, Gu Kailai, was given a suspended death sentence last year for murdering a British businessman.

The younger Bo graduated from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government last year and holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University.

Microblog blog posts about the younger Bo, whose name has occasionally been censored, were allowed after being briefly blocked yesterday morning. His decision to continue his overseas education was the subject of much speculation - and a little humour - online.

"Perhaps he can get his parents out on medical parole," Hunan University law scholar Chun Fengzhu joked.

Others questioned how his family would pay for yet another expensive degree from an overseas institution. The elder Bo has reportedly been accused of accepting 20 million yuan (HK$25 million) in bribery and embezzling another five million yuan.

The financial magazine Caijing has reported that the main source of the bribes was Xu Ming , a billionaire who met the elder Bo when he was mayor of Dalian , Liaoning , in the 1990s.

Xu, who ranked No 8 on Forbes Asia's China Rich List in 2008, was detained by authorities and disappeared from public eye in March last year.

The Caijing report said Bo, who was also a member of the Communist Party's decision-making Politburo, abused his power by asking Chongqing's police chief to cover up his wife's murder of the British businessman, Neil Heywood.

A Chongqing police official confirmed the report, telling the Post that the information was revealed in a document that had circulated among high officials in recent days. The Caijing story was removed from major news portals after it publication.

Share

Related topics

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
8

This article is now closed to comments

JohnWax
"China practices law in a different way than America; we don’t play with words," Gu wrote, according to excerpts translated by the New York Times. "We have a principle called 'based on the facts'. You will be arrested, sentenced and executed as long as we know you killed someone."
There is so much that is wrong and even astonishingly stupid about this statement, but at this point I guess it is just the sheer irony that overwhelms everything else. Nearly every one of us has heard the same kinds of moronic, self-satisified nonsense coming from well-connected and insanely arrogant government officials or billionaires who, deep in their hearts, really and truly believe that their success is a reflection of the fairness and efficiency of the system they have exploited. It is rare, however, to see such spectacular come-uppance, which probably explains why so many of us can read about Mama and Papa Bo with a little grin of pleasure (I do feel sorry for the son), even though we may feel guilty about enjoying the misfortune of others. Sometimes there is such a thing as karma.
chaz_hen
After he graduates, he'll get a job at the famous NYC firm of Dewey, Cheatham & Howe!
chaz_hen
Why is the fact Melon Melon is going to Columbia even a front page story here? Obviously that school thinks it might one day milk any ounce of guanxi it can out of the boy should he be "rehabilitated" OR they're doing it out of charity so he won't be bounced back to China on an expired visa to face the wrath of the CCP.
If only so many Mexicans were this lucky...
wilfredwchan
Current Columbia student here. CU allows any student to remove their info from the public listing; it's very simple. I doubt it's an effort by Columbia to hide anything; it's probably just Bo Guagua himself removing his info.
mercedes2233
Enough already. The young man has done no wrong himself, so leave him out of the news.
donniemcm
It's smelly here, maybe they don't want any investigation on how he will eventually graduate from the school ...
mercedes2233
Enough already. Leave the young man alone to get on with his obviously impressive studies.
HiggsSinglet
These stupid confucius minded chinese censor **** hole, what is the big deal!!!

Login

SCMP.com Account

or