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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. 

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'Let my father defend himself' says son of graft-accused Bo Xilai

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 August, 2013, 1:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 6:14pm

Bo Guagua, the younger son of former Politburo member Bo Xilai, has made a rare public comment ahead of his father's corruption trial tomorrow, saying he had been unable to communicate with his parents for a year and a half and drawing attention to their "clandestine detention".

In a statement released to The New York Times on Monday, the younger Bo, who lives in the US, bemoaned his mother's conviction on a murder charge and said he hoped his father would have "the opportunity to answer his critics and defend himself".

Bo Xilai has been at the centre of arguably the biggest scandal to shake the Communist Party in decades. His wife, Gu Kailai , was convicted last year in the poisoning death of a British businessman.

In July, Bo Xilai, former party chief of the southwestern municipality of Chongqing , was charged with bribe-taking, corruption and abuse of power. The party announced on Sunday that his trial would start tomorrow in Jinan , the capital of Shandong province.

Political analysts said the outcome had almost certainly been decided already by party leaders, and Bo Xilai, 64, is expected to get a long prison sentence.

Video: China high-flyer Bo brought low as trial finally nears

Bo Guagua, a graduate of Harrow, Oxford University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, has just enrolled in Columbia Law School. The third generation of an aristocratic Communist family, he had led a privileged life until the downfall of his parents.

"It has been 18 months since I have been denied contact with either my father or my mother," said Bo, 25. "I can only surmise the conditions of their clandestine detention and the adversity they each endure in solitude. I hope that in my father's upcoming trial, he is granted the opportunity to answer his critics and defend himself without constraints of any kind.

"However, if my well-being has been bartered for my father's acquiescence or my mother's further co-operation, then the verdict will clearly carry no moral weight," he added.

Gu was convicted in August last year of poisoning Neil Heywood, a British family associate who died in a hotel room in Chongqing the previous year. She received a suspended death sentence, which often equates to a life term.

In his statement, Bo Guagua discussed the fate of his mother publicly for the first time since the scandal broke early last year.

"My mother, who is now silenced and defenceless, cannot respond to the opportunistic detractors that attack her reputation with impunity," Bo said. "She has already overcome unimaginable tribulation after the sudden collapse of her physical health in 2006 and subsequent seclusion.

"Although it is of little comfort to my anxiety about her state of health, I know that she will continue to absorb all that she is accused of with dignity and quiet magnanimity."

Bo was referring to an illness that appeared to have struck Gu in Beijing when her husband was commerce minister. Family associates have said that the illness was debilitating, and that Gu became paranoid and was rarely seen in public afterwards.

After releasing the statement, Bo Guagua declined to answer any further questions, although he did confirm his enrolment at Columbia.

In September, when the party announced some of its findings against the father, Bo said in a brief statement that his father was "upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty".

 

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VicSexton
don't worry melon-boy, I'm sure the trial will be just as fair as those conducted in Chongqing when your father was running the place!
andypl
This is the son that drove around Harvard streets in a Porsche and got ticketed while trying to claim that rumours of him driving a ferrari in Beijing were false. Yeah right. Columbia should be ashamed of itself, and the dirty money that Columbia is now connected to through association with a convicted political felon will be something that they regret over the long term. American universities are selling their soul and the ironic part is that they so called connections they are hoping to gain from these princelings will lead to their demise as leaders of free thought. Columbia University is now a joke.
lucifer
Better keep studying or find some American to marry, otherwise you will be heading back to your motherland, where I am sure they will have some questions for you. How patriotic do you feel now?
mercedes2233
“My mother, who is now silenced and defenceless, cannot respond to the opportunistic detractors that attack her reputation with impunity,” he said.
I don't think that she has much of a reputation to defend at this time. She has after all killed a person.
mercedes2233
Guagua has after all completed his studies from Harrow School, Oxford, Harvard and now going to Columbia Universities. He ought to be able to string sentences in English together, although I don't like his convoluted style: "However, if my well-being has been bartered for my father’s acquiescence or my mother’s further cooperation, then the verdict will clearly carry no moral weight.” What is that in plain English? What "moral weight" was there in his parents' alleged dealings?
sipsip1238
If Bo Melon Melon is really that concerned about his father, mother and everyone close to him, he should fly back to China for the trial, or is Melon Melon just ultimately like most people, trying to protect himself and not willing to sacrifice himself in order to support the parents that have spoilt him for so many years.
Let's face it, Mr. Melon Melon has grown accustomed to a certain way of living in the US and is well aware that the trial could mean the end of his fantasy lifestyle. Who wouldn't be worried if suddenly they can no longer afford paid degrees and excessive spending. What he isn't aware of is that the money should not have been his family's to begin with, but of course, like most corrupt ministers (both in China and Hong Kong), they often have amnesia to that point.
pgrath1
This brat achieved his place through cronyism and corruption, and Harvard and Columbia only admitted him because of these things.
His father tried to climb the greasy pole of communist politics, and didn't quite succeed.
Do. Not. Care.
jayb
Columbia Law is the most expensive law school in the land, surpassing Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Yale at more than US$45,000 per year. add in R+B the tab can easily be above $65K per year. when does GuaGau get the money now that his mom and dad are in jail?
lamlm38
ur old man is dumped enough to get only 20million yuan corrupt money when a village level official can easily swindle that much.. should b shot for stupidity!!! go to hell Bo!!!!
mercedes2233
I wouldn't worry about this. I am sure that the parents have made arrangements. His fees were not paid from their salaries anyway.

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