It is pretty amazing that someone that was set to become one of the highest ranking members of the Chinese government would get himself involved in a murder plot:
The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader’s wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said.
It was the first time a specific motive has been revealed for Neil Heywood’s murder last November, a death which ended Chinese leader Bo Xilai’s hopes of emerging as a top central figure and threw off balance the Communist Party’s looming leadership succession.
Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, asked Heywood late last year to move a large sum of money abroad, and became outraged when he demanded a larger cut of the money than she had expected due to the size of the transaction, the sources said.
She accused him of being greedy and hatched a plan to kill him after he said he could expose her dealings, one of the sources said, summarizing the police case. Both sources have spoken to investigators in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city where Heywood was killed and where Bo had cast himself as a crime-fighting Communist Party leader. [Reuters]
You can read the rest at the link but it appears to be unclear if Bo was involved with the murder but there seems to be pretty good evidence that he tried to cover up his wife’s involvement as well as being corrupt himself. It will be interesting to see what happens with this case. I wonder if the Chinese government will try and make an example of Bo Xilai or will they circle the wagons around him because he could possibly expose corruption among the Chinese inner circle as well?