Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Poisoning of Bo's Wife Is Detailed ; Lead and Mercury Were Slipped into Her Herbal Pills, Lawyer Says

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Poisoning of Bo's Wife Is Detailed ; Lead and Mercury Were Slipped into Her Herbal Pills, Lawyer Says

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Lead and mercury were slipped into Gu Kailai's daily herbal medicine, her lawyer said, and the poisoning was discovered after she fainted in 2007 at the funeral of her father-in-law.

The wife of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician, was told several years ago by a doctor that her nervous system had suffered irreversible damage because she had been steadily ingesting poison that someone had slipped into the capsules of her daily herbal medicine, one of her lawyers said in an interview.

The wife, Gu Kailai, discovered the poisoning after she fainted in 2007 at the funeral of her father-in-law, a Communist Party leader, said the lawyer, Li Xiaolin. He added that Ms. Gu became withdrawn and curtailed her trips outside her home after learning of the alleged plot. Mr. Li said that Ms. Gu genuinely believed that someone was trying to kill her but that he did not know whom she suspected.

The new details of Ms. Gu's suspicions of a murder plot further reveal the atmosphere of fear and tension in the Bo household, which might have contributed to the death last November of a British businessman, Neil Heywood, who had known the family for years.

In August, a court convicted Ms. Gu, a lawyer, of poisoning Mr. Heywood after believing that he posed a threat to her son. Legal experts have questioned the trial and the official narrative of the killing. In September, the Communist Party announced that Mr. Bo would be prosecuted for crimes that included abuse of power and taking bribes. The scandal has disrupted the once-a-decade leadership transition scheduled to begin this autumn.

Mr. Li had previously said that Ms. Gu believed she was the victim of a poisoning plot but not exactly when those fears began or how she believed the poison was administered.

Mr. Li said that before 2007, Ms. Gu had been taking a rare and expensive herbal medicine that the Chinese call "winter worm, summer grass" for longevity and better health. …

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