Gu Kailai, the wife of one of China’s most ambitious leaders, plotted with allies, including the local police chief, to protect her son from what she saw as the blackmail demands of the British business associate she confessed in court to killing, according to accounts of the trial that emerged on Friday, including one from the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Prosecutors presented evidence at the trial on Thursday that the Briton, Neil Heywood, had demanded tens of millions of dollars from Ms. Gu’s son, locked him up in a residence in England and sent an e-mail threatening to “destroy” him. In response, prosecutors said, Ms. Gu sought help from the local police chief, who refused to go along with her plan to get rid of Mr. Heywood and secretly recorded her confession to him on the day after she poisoned Mr. Heywood.
The tale was designed to give…
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