Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai’s wife, has been charged with the murder of British businessman, Neil Heywood. Of that much we can be sure, but the rest of the story? Well, there is the Guardian reporting that “prosecutors had informed Gu and Zhang of their legal rights and heard the opinions of their defence team.” Really, then the evidence would appear to suggest that the legal process reigns supreme in the People’s Republic of China. Or, might this be the Guardian, once again, not getting the story quite right?
That, at least, is what the version from the China Digital Times ,which cites CNN as saying that the family’s choice of lawyers has been disregarded by government appointees, appears to be suggesting. Yes, she might be as guilty as hell, but “a socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics” ? The evidence would appear to suggest that this once mighty lady has already been hung drawn and quartered. Next up then, Bo himself, and expect the axe to fall there before the 18th Party Congress.