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August 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Four Chinese police officers have been found guilty of covering up the killing of a British businessman to protect the wife of a senior politician charged with his murder, an official said Monday.

The four men were sentenced to between five and 11 years in jail for their roles in covering up the murder of Neil Heywood in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing, court official Tang Yigan told reporters.

All four were senior police officials in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese megacity that Bo ran until he was sacked in March, and where British businessman Neil Heywood's body was discovered in a hotel room last November.

Tang Yigan, an official with the Hefei Intermediate Court in eastern China where the four men were tried earlier this month, said they were sentenced to between five and 11 years in jail for their roles in covering up the murder.

The four, named as Guo Weiguo, Li Yang, Wang Pengfei and Wang Zhi, had been charged with trying to conceal Gu Kailai's involvement in Heywood's death by "forging interview scripts and hiding evidence".

It is not clear whether Bo knew about the alleged cover-up, although the hearing was being closely watched for any hints on the likely fate of the charismatic and ambitious former leader.

AFP
 

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