Friday, July 27, 2012

China Indicts Ousted Official’s Wife In Unravelling Financial Scheme Death

  The New York Times reported Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced political leader Bo Xilai, has been officially charged in the killing of British businessman, Neil Heywood, 41, whose body was found last November in a Chongqing, China hotel. The sprawling municipality Mr. Bo led until his downfall that resulted from this crime which continues to roil the ruling Communist Party as it prepares for a once-in-a-decade change in leadership.
  Roil? So far this controversy has produced political maneuvering, but this Establishment would never admit straight-faced to panicking about anything no matter what kind of inside information any publication can or could claim will ever exist.
  On the surface this doesn’t directly relate either, but if the reader ever noticed the common thread that ran through all the iconic Perry Mason legal dramas, and for that matter the whole of legal history and what reporters have only alluded to so far without substantiated facts to any degree beyond speculation, is what’s behind this and virtually every trial ever in the history of humankind, and that is this is all about money.
  What Deep Throat, in the film All The President’s Men told Bob Woodward to follow. So what this present day drama, that consumes China watchers as much as that government allows, needs is to be seen through to behind the screen that’s possibly as broad as The Great Wall of China itself while nowhere near as visible. So yes, if there is a Chinese Perry Mason, I don’t care how guilty Ms. Gu and her husband are portrayed, I wish for a miracle defense for them, guilty or not. Because as cornered as she’s portrayed protecting her and her husband’s territorial interests, it’s guessable there’s possibly as just a resourceful team out to get them from behind the scenes. Or not. But one way or another, there will never be a free China until there’s a legal system that can defend the common rights of (wo)man, extremely rich or not. Everyone tries to protect their territory and that’s what is behind this unfolding scene. Or possibly not?
  From the sadly victimized Neil Heywood who ended up dying for involvement with forces beyond his control to the defendant Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, who just did not possibly foresee that with all the power the couple had it’s just not enough when politics is still just a scheme for control. Which she couldn’t possibly not be aware of if you read her Wikipedia bio highlighted above as her father, who was a revolutionary in the early Communist Party, also suffered as a result of Mao’s Cultural Revolution which beyond the rhetoric was essentially a consolidation of power as has happened everywhere throughout the world. Nixon fell, why couldn’t this be as deviously politically criminal too? So in the heat of the moment someone died and someone else must pay, but as with every drama filled Perry Mason one can already imagine that day the big loser breaks down and cries in court and I’d rather that happen from revealing testimony than just one more forced confession.
  The official Xinhua news agency’s, Thursday evening, published brief dispatch announced Ms. Gu and an aide, employed by the family, had been formally charged in the poisoning death. Xinhua said a court in the eastern Chinese city of Hefei would handle the case and, “The facts of the two defendants’ crime are clear, and the evidence is irrefutable and substantial.” Doesn’t that sound as if an official Chinese news agency has announced guilty without the possibility of proving any amount of innocence before the case has even gone to trial? Tried in the press sounds as if the Western Free Tabloid Press has inspired China’s further belief in business as usual is a-ok? Huh?
  Although Xinhua just repeated earlier accusations that tied the murder of Mr. Heywood to “a conflict over economic interests,” the announcement added two fresh details, confirming Mr. Heywood had been poisoned and Ms. Gu committed the crime to protect her son, Bo Guagua, currently a graduate student at Harvard. The article made a point of omitting Mr. Bo’s full name, suggesting that prosecutors have decided not to implicate him in the crime. The announcement said no trial date had been set. Maybe we’ll be told when it happened when it’s over?
  The relationship between Mr. Heywood and one of China’s most fabled political families remains murky, but friends said a decade ago he helped arrange private schooling in Britain for the younger Mr. Bo. Those with knowledge of the Party’s investigation say he was also involved in helping the family transfer illicit funds overseas that may have involved billions of dollars. So what today hasn’t involved billions of dollars moving to and fro out of general circulation?
  Although Mr. Heywood was described by family members as a teetotaler, Chongqing authorities originally attributed his death to excessive drinking, and with his Chinese-born wife’s permission hurriedly cremated his body. The case however has been publicly sold as one that was meant to slip into obscurity, but three months later a trusted associate of Mr. Bo, his former police chief, Wang Lijun, made a dramatic bid for safety by entering the American consulate inChengdu, 200 miles from Chongqing.
  Mr. Wang was said to be escaping Mr. Bo’s wrath, and stayed overnight and reportedly revealed details of the killing to consular officials. The next day, he left in the protective custody of officials from Beijing. His fate remains unclear, but it is widely believed that he will face trial for treason charges. Seems ruthless capitalism has officially opened up China so that anything, and everything, and everyone is still swept under the rug where bad publicity is meant to stay under traditional totalitarianism.
  The ax fell on Mr. Bo just weeks later. In March he lost his job as Communist Party chief of Chongqing, and then, a few more weeks later, was suspended from the 25-member Politburo. For now, Mr. Bo officially stands accused of unspecified disciplinary violations and neither he nor his wife have been heard from in months. Uh huh. This is Reuters Apr 10, 2012 article on Bo’s suspension.
  According to The Times although the decision to move forward on Ms. Gu’s prosecution comes as little surprise, it highlights the urgency many party leaders feel about resolving the case before the 18th Party Congress, most likely in the fall, which will anoint a new slate of leaders. Mr. Bo was also the son of a Communist Party luminary and had been jockeying for a seat on the nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo. The Times states it is not entirely clear why the authorities have chosen to hold the trial in Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, which is 800 miles from Chongqing. But some analysts suggested a trial in the city Mr. Bo governed, and where he maintains significant support, could prove problematic. Bo’s city is also where he has a history with another mainstay of ruthless capitalism for having been behind prosecuting organized criminals. Though as anyone with a clue knows, sometimes crime is what the government feels can be conveniently thought of as enforceable this year, as opposed to next when the government has acquired control over its’ own share of the proceeds. For example, as in the United States’ relationship with gambling. While what’s most unclear, is why Ms. Gu would risk the possibility of repercussions by killing a friend for whatever reason? Sure, he was going to drop a dime on her. Then what?
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China Indicts Ousted Official's Wife In Unravelling Financial Scheme
July 27, 2012 concluded: According to The Times although the decision to move forward on Ms. Gu’s prosecution comes as little surprise, it highlights the urgency many party leaders feel about resolving the case before the 18th Party Congress, most likely in the fall, which will anoint a new slate of leaders. Mr. Bo was also the son of a Communist Party luminary and had been jockeying for a seat on the nine-member Standing Committee of the Politburo. The Times states it is not entirely clear why the authorities have chosen to hold the trial in Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, which is 800 miles from Chongqing. But some analysts suggested a trial in the city Mr. Bo governed, and where he maintains significant support, could prove problematic. Bo’s city is also where he has a history with another mainstay of ruthless capitalism for having been behind prosecuting organized criminals. Though as anyone with a clue knows, sometimes crime is what the government feels can be conveniently thought of as enforceable this year, as opposed to next when the government has acquired control over its’ own share of the proceeds. For example, as in the United States’ relationship with gambling. While what’s most unclear, is why Ms. Gu would risk the possibility of repercussions by killing a friend for whatever reason? Sure, he was going to drop a dime on her. Then what?
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