|Gu Kailai recalls her fears for son's life, Bo Xilai brands her a mental case
Bo Xilai's wife Gu Kailai (pictured) felt that her son's life was in danger in the US as a result of a dispute a couple of years ago between British businessman Neil Heywood and her family.
She made the remarks in testimony presented in the Jinan Intermediate People's Court in Shandong Province today on the second day of the trial of Bo, the former Chongqing Communist Party chief. He is the son of a former revolutionary and was also China's commerce minister.
Bo is on trial on charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power.
Heywood was found poisoned in a Chongqing hotel and Gu was convicted last year of his murder. Heywood's family in London is seeking financial compensation. But the reports have been denied by a lawyer.
Gu said in her evidence that late 2011 she worried that Bo Guagua could be killed.”
Today Gu admitted she owned a villa in Nice in France, adding that Heywood held half her share.
Earlier today the court released a video of testimony by Gu on the Sina Weibo social media site. Gu was seen testifying about air tickets and a Segway people mover provided to son Bo Guagua by businessman Xu Ming.
Asked if Bo knew about airline tickets and other items provided by Xu, Gu at first said "he should have been aware.'' But when pressed by the questioner, she offered: "I told him.''
Prosecutors said Xu had given 20.7 million yuan in bribes to Bo.
According to transcripts today, Bo told the court: "She is insane now and she often tells lies.
"The investigators placed enormous pressure on her to expose me when she was mentally disordered.''
She had compared herself to Jing Ke, who more than 2,000 years ago tried and failed to kill the man who would become the first emperor of a unified China, he added.
The claim was "sufficient to prove that she was mentally disordered,'' Bo said.