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Bo scandal: Chinese police admit covering up Briton's murder

August 10, 2012 21:17 IST

The fate of ousted Chinese leader Bo Xilai's wife, who was accused of poisoning a British businessman to death, appeared sealed as four top police officers on Friday admitted covering up the murder a day after her trial ended.

The four officials of the Chongqing municipality headed by Bo till early this year 'admitted' before Intermediate Court in Hefei city in eastern China on Friday 'of bending the law for selfish ends', a court official said.

Fifty-three-year-old Gu Kailai, along with her orderly Zhang Xiaojun, was charged with the murder of Briton Neil Heywood in  a one-day trial yesterday. She did not contest the charges during her seven hour trial.

The dates for the verdicts in both trials are yet to be announced.

The court official told reporters the senior officers had hidden evidence linking Gu to the case, BBC reported.

The official media here has given extensive publicity to Gu's trial, specially her reported decision to not to deny charges against her, though she was an accomplished lawyer herself.

The four officers included Guo Weiguo, former deputy chief of Chongqing's Public Security Bureau, Li Yang, former  chief of the bureau's criminal section, Wang Pengfei, former chief of the bureau's technical detection team and also former  chief of the Public Security Sub-bureau of Chongqing's Yubei district, and Wang Zhi, former executive deputy chief of the Public Security Sub-bureau of the municipality's Shapingba district.

K J M Varma in Beijing
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