Gu Kailai

Gu Kailai, also know as Bogu Kailai, is the wife of Bo Xilai, former Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing. She was born in 1958, the youngest of five daughters to a prominent Chinese army general. She was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in August 2012 for murdering British business partner Neil Heywood in 2011. 

The tragedy of Gu Kailai

The tragedy of Gu Kailai

When China was in the grip of Peng Liyuan fever, back in March, Gu Kailai was already serving time for murder. I don't know whether Gu read any of the glowing media reports about the new first lady and, if she did, what she thought of them. If her husband, Bo Xilai , really did have his eye on the top ranks of Chinese politics, Gu must have once coveted the role now taken by Peng, and believed she could have played it better.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 3:19am 6 comments

Gu Kailai likely to face fresh trial for economic crimes

Gu gave evidence in an 11-minute video clip and written testimonies. Photo: AFP

The wife of Bo Xilai is almost certain to be prosecuted separately for economic crimes revealed in her testimony regarding corruption allegations against her husband, sources say.

27 Aug 2013 - 5:05am 2 comments

Bo Xilai tells of Wang Lijun’s secret ‘love affair’ with his wife Gu Kailai

Bo's wife Gu Kailai with his former right-hand man Wang Lijun, in uniform - the pair became very close, according to Bo. Photo: SCMP

The last day of Bo Xilai's trial culminated with the surprise revelation of an illicit love affair between his wife Gu Kailai and his former top aide Wang Lijun. Trial transcripts and earlier media reports showed how the pair went from being strangers to friends, lovers and enemies in the course of less than five years.

27 Aug 2013 - 5:37am 1 comment

Bo Xilai calls his former top aide Wang Lijun 'extremely vile'

A convoy carrying disgraced politician Bo Xilai and Wang Lijun arrives for the fourth day of Bo's trial in Jinan yesterday. Photo: AFP

Bo criticised Wang, whom he picked as his right-hand man, as the Jinan Intermediate People's Court heard allegations about Bo's abuse of power. This included removing Wang as Chongqing police chief without following procedures, allowing his wife Gu Kailai to interfere with the handling of Wang's defection to the US consulate in Chengdu and covering up Gu's murder of the British businessman Neil Heywood.

26 Aug 2013 - 4:54am 1 comment

Bo wife's refusal to appear in court damaged credibility, say experts

Gu Kailai

Evidence Bo Xilai's wife gave against him would have been more credible if she had delivered it in person, lawyers say. Instead Gu Kailai's testimony was relayed through an 11-minute video and written statements.

26 Aug 2013 - 4:54am

'Caretaker' Zhao Dongping hid cash for Bo Xilai's family

Gu Kailai and Bo Xilai seen at a memorial ceremony for Bo's father Bo Yibo in Beijing, Jan. 17, 2007. Photo: AP

Details of how 5 million yuan (HK$6.3 million) in allegedly embezzled public funds was funnelled to the family of Bo Xilai by their "caretaker" came to light on the third day of Bo's trial for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

25 Aug 2013 - 11:04am

Legal experts say Bo Xilai's wife and son should stand trial for economic crimes too

Journalists watch Gu Kailai's recorded testimony shown during Bo Xilai's trial. Photo: AFP

The wife and younger son of Bo Xilai should stand trial for economic crimes if Bo is found guilty of bribery, legal experts say, though whether they eventually will is a political unknown.

25 Aug 2013 - 8:29am 1 comment

I was unfaithful to wife Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai admits in court

Gu Kailai with Bo Xilai.

In an unexpected twist to the Bo Xilai court drama, the former Chongqing party secretary admitted he had been unfaithful to his wife, Gu Kailai , but "still had feelings for her".

25 Aug 2013 - 8:29am

Wang Lijun says Bo Xilai's 'slap' was a punch

Wang Lijun, Bo's ex-police chief, testifies in the Jinan court. He argued with Bo and "defected" to the US consulate in Chengdu. Photo: AFP

Wang Lijun  – Bo Xilai’s ally turned nemesis – also gave his account of his confrontation with Bo and his dramatic flight to the American consulate in Chengdu. 

25 Aug 2013 - 6:22am 1 comment

Bo Xilai admits slapping former police chief Wang Lijun 'because he was two-faced'

Illustration: Henry Wong

Bo Xilai on Saturday reconstructed events that led to him slapping the then Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun in the face, and the latter’s dramatic defection to the American consulate in Chengdu.

25 Aug 2013 - 6:17am 2 comments

Gu Kailai reveals son Bo Guagua’s jet-setting lifestyle in testimony

Bo Guagua with friend Chen Xiaodan. Photo: SCMP

No one knows a man better than his own mother, goes an old Chinese saying. And Gu Kailai - wife of disgraced princeling Bo Xilai - vividly recounted the jaw-dropping luxury university lifestyle of her son, Bo Guagua, during her testimony, as well as others, during her husband's trial.

24 Aug 2013 - 8:17am 5 comments

Latest claims about Bo family wealth contradict earlier accounts

Bo Guagua receives his masters degree at Harvard University. Photo: Reuters

In March last year, Bo Xilai lashed out in public over accusations his family was wealthy and his son flaunted his lavish lifestyle, slamming the claims as "total nonsense".

24 Aug 2013 - 5:49am 1 comment

Bo Xilai trial exposes a tangled web of connections

Bo Xilai with his wife and their son Bo Guagua in a holiday photograph when times were a lot better for the family. Photo: SCMP

The web of connections linking Gu Kailai to the rich and powerful was laid bare at her husband Bo Xilai's trial yesterday - as was the distrust, doubt, betrayal and hatred tangled within it.

24 Aug 2013 - 5:34am 1 comment

Bo blasts wife Gu's testimony against him as 'comical and ridiculous'

Gu Kailai

Personal differences between Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai spilled over into the People's Intermediate Court in Jinan as the disgraced former Chongqing party boss dismissed his wife's written testimony against him as "very comical and ridiculous".

23 Aug 2013 - 8:34am

Can Chinese leaders all agree on how to try Bo Xilai?

Can Chinese leaders all agree on how to try Bo Xilai?

Remember Bo Xilai ? Jerome A. Cohen says despite a suggestion that Bo Xilai might soon be put on trial, it is not yet clear whether party leaders all agree on the detailed issues involved in prosecution.

25 Jul 2013 - 4:31pm 4 comments