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Timeline of Bo Xilai Scandal

Timeline of the Bo Xilai Scandal

  • Feb. 2: Bo's key ally and Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is demoted
  • Feb. 6: Wang visits U.S. consulate in Chengdu, reportedly to seek asylum
  • Mar. 2: Xinhua says Wang is under investigation
  • Mar. 9: Bo defends himself and his wife, Gu Kailai, at a press conference at the National People's Congress
  • Mar.15: Bo dismissed as Chongqing party chief
  • Mar. 26: Britain asks China to investigate November death of Briton Neil Heywood in Chongqing
  • Apr. 10: Bo suspended from Communist Party posts. China says his wife is being investigated for Heywood's death
  • Apr. 17: New York Times reports U.S. officials held Wang so he could be handed to Beijing authorities instead of local police.
  • Jul. 26: Bo's wife, Gu kailai, charged with the murder of Briton Neil Heywood
  • August 9: Gu Kailai's trial begins in Hefei.