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(Reuters) – The Harvard-educated son of disgraced Chinese political leader Bo Xilai defended his father against charges of taking bribes and having improper sexual relationships, saying he believed in his father’s good character.
“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,” Bo Guagua said in a statement posted on the microblog tumsite Tumblr.
The crash of a black Ferrari on Beijing’s North Fourth Ring Road involved far more than sex, a fast car and a playboy. It also put the political career of Ling Jihua, President Hu Jintao’s top aide for more than two decades, at stake.
In the early hours of March 18 – just three days after the Communist Party sacked Bo Xilai as party chief of Chongqing – a speeding Ferrari smashed into a wall, rebounded and crushed a railing on the opposite side of the road. One naked body and two half-naked bodies were thrown from the wreckage. A half-naked man, in his 20s, died immediately while two young women – one naked and one half-naked – were seriously injured.
The accident would come to affect behind-the-scenes political jockeying in the run-up to this autumn’s 18th party congress – which will produce China’s new generation of leaders.
Read the full story in Monday’s South China Morning Post, which also kicks-start our pre-congress package “China’s leadership transition”.