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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Bo Xilai/Gu Kailai pot gets stirred some more

The latest bombshell from China is a blog post from Wang Xuemei, a forensic doctor at the Supreme People's Procuratorate, who claims that the prosecution's story of Neil Heywood being poisoned by cyanide can't be correct. (Unfortunately, I don't know enough about cyanide poisoning to assess her story.) Here's the news report in the Guardian.

None of this can necessarily be taken at face value. Wang may have her own agenda; some speculate that this is part of an effort to defend Bo Xilai. She blames it all on a Svengali-like Wang Lijun leading the weak-minded Gu Kailai down the path to perdition, and speculates that Neil Heywood was actually suffocated with a pillow. She ends by asking, "Who benefited from Heywood's death?"

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