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Bo Guagua says 'facts will speak for themselves' over alleged lavish lifestyle

Bo Xilai's younger son took rare step of writing to a mainland newspaper days after father's trial

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 October, 2013, 4:12pm

Bo Guagua, the younger son of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai , has sent a rare written reply to a mainland magazine days after details of his flamboyant lifestyle were exposed during the closely watched trial of his father.

In written replies to Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Weekly on September 1, five days after the closure of his father's trial, the younger Bo wrote: "Facts will speak for themselves, either now or in the future."

"I won't argue for the short-term advantages [or disadvantages]. [I] will wait to decide if I will make relevant responses when conclusions have been made."

The magazine only published its report about his replies in its latest issue on September 30.

The report did not specify the context of Bo Guagua's replies, but it said the 25-year-old had to face the grave issue of his rift with his father.

During the last day of his trial, Bo Xilai said: "Guagua asked for expensive watches, luxurious cars, international tours, paid the bills of a large group of students, and spent beyond the credit limits of credit cards. Would I love a son like this?"

Bo Xilai's statement was in stark contrast to the trial testimony of Wang Lijun , a former aide of Bo. Wang quoted Bo Xilai as saying that Bo Guagua was the only son in his family capable of great achievements.

Bo Guagua, a graduate of Harrow, Oxford University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has just enrolled in Columbia Law School in New York.

According to a reporter from Southern Metropolis Weekly who has read the correspondence, Bo Guagua wrote twice to the magazine after it sought his opinion on his father's trial.

"That was the gist of Bo Guagua's e-mail. We didn't publish the full texts and will save the rest for future reporting purposes," the reporter, who declined to be named, told the Post. "The letters were written in Chinese."

The report was later removed from the magazine's website for unknown reasons, though many domestic news portals have rerun the report.

Bo Xilai was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 21 in the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. He is appealing.

Gu Kailai , Bo Guagua's mother, was given a suspended death sentence in August last year for poisoning Briton Neil Heywood.

This was the fourth response Bo Guagua had released to the media, and the first to the mainland media. In a previous statement to The New York Times in August, he said he had not been able to contact his parents since March last year when the two were detained.

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