Bo Xilai ran 'torture chambers' as head of Chongqing city: report

Bo Xilai

The central leadership of the party moved against him only after Wang escaped to US Consulate in Chengdu after he was slapped by Bo for probing the role of his wife Gu Kailai in the murder of British national Neil Heywood.

After Wang blew the whistle, Bo was removed from all posts and was currently awaiting trial.

While Gu was given suspended death sentence, Wang has been jailed for 15 years for defecting to the US mission and on charges of corruption.

Besides launching a crackdown against crime syndicates, Bo tried to revive Moist ideology by playing up the legacy of the party founder in the local television.

A former Commerce Minister, Bo was regarded as top contender for a high position during last month's once-in-a-decade leadership conference of the Communist Party.

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