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Gu Kailai, Bo Xilai's Wife, Has Confessed To Neil Heywood Killing: Japanese Newspaper

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(FILES) In a file photo taken on on March 9, 2012, Bo Xilai, Communist Party secretary of Chongqing attends the third plenary session of of the National People's Congress's (NPC) annual session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In a file photo taken on on March 9, 2012, Bo Xilai, Communist Party secretary of Chongqing attends the third plenary session of of the National People's Congress's (NPC) annual session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The wife of embattled ex-Chinese politician Bo Xilai has reportedly confessed to the murder of a British businessman, putting an exclamation point on a scandal that helped end her husband's promising career.

The Asahi Shimbun reports that Gu Kailai told Chinese investigators she killed Neil Heywood, who was found dead at a hotel in Chongqing, China, in November 2011. Communist party sources told the Ashi that Gu killed Heywood over her corrupt business practices--she worried that he would "reveal llegal remittances of billions of dollars abroad that he allegedly helped organize for her," according to the Shimbun.

In April 2012, reports surfaced that Heywood was poisoned after threatening to expose Gu's money moves--a parallel finding to the Japanese newspaper's Friday report.

Bo was dismissed from his senior Communist Party role in April after a former aide fled to a U.S. consulate, leaking the claim that Gu was involved in Heywood's death.

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