Caixin
Apr 19, 2012 05:50 PM

Xinhua: Criminal Case Shall Not be Interpreted as Political Struggle

BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) – Chinese central authorities and relevant departments have paid great attention to the death of British national Neil Heywood, and police have set up a team to reinvestigate the case according to law and seek truth from facts.

Bogu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, the former party chief of southwest China's municipality of Chongqing, and Zhang Xiaojun, an orderly at Bo's home, have been transferred to judicial authorities over suspicion of homicide.

According to investigation results, Bogu Kailai and her son were previously on good terms with Heywood. However, they eventually had a conflict over economic interests, which became intensified.

Reinvestigation results show that the existing evidence indicates that Heywood died of homicide, of which Bogu Kailai and Zhang Xiaojun are highly suspected.

Both the investigation and reinvestigation results show that Heywood's case is a criminal case and is being handled according to law, as it would be in any other country under the rule of law.

China is a socialist country based on the rule of law, and the sanctity and authority of that law shall not be trampled upon. Anyone who has broken the law will be handled in accordance with the law and their actions will not be tolerated, no matter who they may be.

The homicide was alleged by former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun who entered, without authorization, the U.S. general consulate in Chengdu on February 6.

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