Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai, was charged with killing British businessman Neil Heywood, according to a Chinese state media report on Thursday. The accusation was the latest development in a complex scandal that has shaken China's leadership class at a particularly vulnerable time, with the party in the midst of its once-in-a-decade transfer of power to a new generation of leaders. Heywood had been found dead in Chongqing province in November 2011, setting off a chain of events that led one of Bo's allies, a former police chief, to seek refuge at the American consulate, an embarrassing episode that ended up costing Bo's position in the 25-member Politburo. Gu and Bo are reported to have had business dealings with Heywood.
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