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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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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!!!!
XYZ
RMB20 million per week, more like.
alyosha
Let your father eat **** in the jail! Your father is damn, disgusting, evil mao ideology conformist.
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.
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?
jayb
i am surprised there are 5 "Like" on your idea of "find some american to marry". overwhelming majority of american girls are fat, gross and obese. if you think putting some lipsticks on a pig and spend even one week with the pig.....you are seriously demented!! i would rather do jail in china... LOL
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.
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!
auph@Hongkong.cic.fr
haha... spot on
mercedes2233
Agree.

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