Frenchman turns states evidence in murder mystery involving wife of once-powerful Bo Xilai

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A former intimate of Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese strongman Bo Xilai, flew to Beijing only days before prosecutors announced she was being charged with murder.

Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai, with Patrick Henri Devillers, the French architect with whom she may have had an affair.

Patrick Henri Devillers, the Frenchman who shared an apartment in Britain with Gu, surrendered to Chinese authorities on July 17.

Gu’s indictment for the murder of Neil Heywood, a British businessman and close friend and business partner, was announced on July 26.

Heywood was found dead in November in a hotel room in Chongqing, the center of Bo’s political rule in southwestern China.

That triggered a police investigation and ultimately a political firestorm that shook the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.

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