Vaunted legal reform came up short in Gu Kailai case

This frame grab taken from CCTV video shows Gu Kailai (2nd L), the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, being excorted into the court room for her murder trial in Hefei on August 9, 2012. Gu went on trial on August 9 accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood in a case that has rocked the Communist party as it gears up for a leadership change.  AFP PHOTO / CCTV

It was not only Gu Kailai , wife of disgraced former Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai , who was on trial in the biggest criminal scandal in the mainland's recent history. China's justice system also faced scrutiny.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 1:57pm

Gu Kailai told Bo's top cop about murder

Former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun knew about Gu Kailai's murder of Neil Heywood and once even plotted with her to frame the British businessman, a court was told on Thursday.

More details of the case involving the wife of disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai emerged yesterday via observers' accounts and a late night Xinhua report.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Gu Kailai poured poison into Heywood's mouth

Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, murdered a British business associate by pouring poison into his mouth after he had become drunk and vomited, a court official said yesterday after China's most sensational criminal trial in decades.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

Gu Kailai admission may let Bo off hook

Gu Kailai, the lawyer wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai, confessed to murder as well as 'economic crimes' during her detention over the death of a British businessman, according to a senior prosecutor with direct knowledge of the case.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Bo's wife to stand trial for murder

Gu Kailai, the lawyer wife of disgraced Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, is to be tried for intentional homicide over the murder of a British businessman, a case that has rocked the Communist Party's leadership transition.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leo Ku brings the perfect ice-breaker at launch of Giordano's O!Cool! line

Canto-pop star Leo Ku Kui-kei wants us to look cool in the hot summer by wearing his latest designs for local casual wear brand Giordano. The new collection features a cartoon penguin, in a nod to Ocean Park's new Polar Adventure attraction.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

What's best in the long run

After trying a range of sports nutrition products, here are my favourites:

Gel: Gu Roctane Gel in Blueberry Pomegranate, HK$20, Escapade Sports (

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bo's wife reveals other side in book

An astute but ruthless businesswoman, an unhappy wife, a terminal cancer patient - those are just some of the ways that Gu Kailai has been portrayed since the downfall of her husband, former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Retirement can be hard even for retired leaders

Apart from some rare appearances at public ceremonies, the retirement lives of most high-ranking officials on the mainland are kept off limits to the public.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

We dogs are naturally nosy creatures. We love getting our snouts into all sorts of nooks and crannies.

If we get a sniff of something new, we usually want to investigate. And if that something tastes yummy, we usually want to try eating it.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Ask Shawn Ku about the inspiration behind his latest film, the gut-wrenching drama Beautiful Boy, and his response is as startling as it is clarifying: a good friend of his, a 40-year-old man in good health, fell asleep in Ku's guest room one night, and never woke up.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Messages of acceptance

There was a time when mainland authorities would have considered Zhao Liang persona non grata. After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1994, the 39-year-old made several documentaries about subjects which government officials preferred to hide from public scrutiny.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (4th cent BC)

I Ching Unknown author

Change is inevitable. It often happens without warning or notice, an unavoidable factor in everyone's life that defies prediction. But the ancient Chinese believed differently: with three simple coins and a single book of 64 answers, one could find true divination.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Shorn free

Chinese contemporary art pioneer Gu Wenda is no stranger to controversy or clampdowns. His first solo exhibition in 1986 was closed by the authorities in Xian before it even opened for public viewing, so fellow artist Ai Weiwei's detention this month brought back dark memories.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Generation Y forced to get real

Amusement and amazement were probably the most common reactions of Hongkongers who came across a recent article in the Journal of Management. It outlined, based on lengthy research into the attitudes of young people, how the work values and aspirations of Generation Y - those born in the 1980s and 1990s - differ from those of their predecessors.

20 Mar 2010 - 12:00am