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Alleged Cyanide Procurer in ‘Heywood Murder’ Imprisoned Since 2014

Xia Zeliang, a former district official in Chongqing, admitted during his 2014 corruption trial to providing cyanide to Bogu Kailai in 2011. The cyanide given to Bogu, the wife of then-Chongqing party Secretary Bo Xilai, was used to kill British citizen Neil Haywood. Photo: IC
Xia Zeliang, a former district official in Chongqing, admitted during his 2014 corruption trial to providing cyanide to Bogu Kailai in 2011. The cyanide given to Bogu, the wife of then-Chongqing party Secretary Bo Xilai, was used to kill British citizen Neil Haywood. Photo: IC

A city district official who says he helped the wife of disgraced political heavyweight Bo Xilai buy cyanide used to murder a British citizen got a 15-year prison sentence, a recently released court document shows.

But the 2014 sentence was linked to corruption charges, and the official was never charged with being an accomplice in the high-profile killing in the West China municipality of Chongqing, according to a document released on Nov. 8 via China Judgments Online, an archive affiliated with China’s Supreme People’s Court.

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