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Bo Xilai’s son defends father

Beijing, Oct. 1: The youngest son of Bo Xilai, the former Communist Party leader who is expected to be tried on a wide range of criminal charges, has released a statement defending his father as “upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty”.

It was the most explicit public defence that the son, Bo Guagua, 24, who graduated this year from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, has made since a sordid political scandal broke in the spring involving the entire Bo family.

On Friday evening, the Communist Party announced that the elder Bo had been expelled from the party and would face criminal prosecution. The announcement, which was published by Xinhua, the state news agency, had a long list of accusations against Bo, including taking bribes, abusing power and carrying on affairs with a number of women.

In his brief statement, posted on Saturday evening on Tumblr, the younger Bo wrote: “Personally, it is hard for me to believe the allegations that were announced against my father, because they contradict everything I have come to know about him throughout my life. Although the policies my father enacted are open to debate, the father I know is upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty.”

The statement continued: “He has always taught me to be my own person and to have concern for causes greater than ourselves. I have tried to follow his advice. At this point, I expect the legal process to follow its normal course, and I will await the result.”

Bo Guagua confirmed in an email that the statement was authentic, but declined to comment further. He is believed to be living in the US while his father and mother have been under detention in Beijing.

The scandal broke last spring, several weeks after a former police chief in Chongqing, the municipality run by Bo Xilai, told American diplomats of his suspicions that Bo’s mother, Gu Kailai, had killed a British business associate, Neil Heywood, last year. In March, the party removed Bo Xilai from his post in Chongqing and suspended him from the Politburo.

Bo Guagua is in the third generation of an aristocratic Communist Party family and has enjoyed the privileges that come with that life.

 
 
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