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Chongqing’s Zhang Says He Doesn’t Know Timing of Bo Trial

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Zhang Dejiang, who replaced Bo Xilai as the Communist Party Chief of Chongqing, said he’s unaware of when the ousted former member of the nation’s Politburo may be placed on trial.

Speaking at a meeting held as part of the 18th Communist Party Congress, Zhang also said he wasn’t aware of any evidence showing British businessman Neil Heywood was a spy. Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted of murdering Heywood in August and Bo was accused of having “major responsibility” in the killing when he was expelled from the Communist Party in September.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Heywood had knowingly provided information to a British intelligence officer about the Bo family. Bo’s wife admitted to having dripped cyanide into Heywood’s mouth as he lay drunk in a hotel room after they’d had a falling out and because she thought he was a threat to her son’s safety, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

More than 2,000 Communist Party delegates are attending the congress, scheduled to run Nov. 8-14 in Beijing, at which China’s next generation of leaders will be appointed.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Michael Forsythe in Beijing at mforsythe@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net

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