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Wife of Chinese Premier ‘hired body double’ in Heywood murder trial because she feared real suspect would reveal damaging secrets about corruption
- Gu Kailai given suspended death sentence for poisoning Briton Neil Heywood following dispute over multi-million-pound property deal
- Speculation is rife that it wasn’t her standing in the dock at the one-day trial because the woman who appeared didn’t look anything like her
PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 26 August 2012 | UPDATED: 13:28 GMT, 26 August 2012
The wife of the Chinese Premier hired a body double to replace the woman accused of murdering Briton Neil Heywood at her trial, fearing the real suspect would reveal damaging secrets about corruption, according to rumours circulating on internet blogs.
Gu Kailai, 53, was given a suspended death sentence for poisoning Mr Heywood, 41, in November last year following a dispute over a multi-million-pound property deal.
But speculation has been rife that it wasn’t Gu standing in the dock at the one-day trial this month because the woman who appeared didn’t look anything like her.
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Spot the difference: The woman standing in the dock (left) and a picture of the real Gu Kailai, (right)
Gu, a former high-powered lawyer once dubbed the Jackie Kennedy of China, is known for her beauty and razor-sharp intellect. But the woman in court last week was described by one observer as a ‘tubby, dolled-up country bumpkin’.
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The rumours that Premier Wen Jiabao’s wife Zhang Peili personally hired a stand-in are so widespread the country’s censors have ensured that anyone in China typing the Chinese term for body replacement into an internet search engine will not receive any results.
But The Mail on Sunday has learned that the stand-in has been named as 46-year-old Zhao Tianshao who was plucked from the backwater of Langfang city, 60 miles south of Beijing.
It is claimed that she was given a scripted confession at the trial and obediently agreed not to appeal her sentence. Gu was expected to continue to protest her innocence.
Now censors have also banned search engines revealing results for the name Zhao Tianshao. The real Gu is now expected to serve her sentence, thought to be around ten years, in a maximum-security Beijing jail for high-profile offenders.
The stand-in allegation – widely circulated on blogs that sidestep China’s stringent internet censors – surfaced in an anonymous message posted online last week.
It was said to have contained information from a mid-ranking government official.
The message claimed: ‘Premier Wen Jiabao’s wife Zhang Peili spent half a year looking for the body double [Zhao Tianshao]. Zhang Peili paid this woman a big sum of money to attend the trial.’
Flamboyant Zhang Peili, 71, who heads a Beijing diamond company and whose materialistic lifestyle is an embarrassment to her husband, is suspected to have feared the allegations made by Gu over corruption might spread to other senior Communist Party officials’ families, including her own.
The body-double theory was bolstered by remarks attributed to Gu’s adopted sister Yu Shuqin, who called the woman in the dock an imposter.
‘It doesn’t matter how fat a woman becomes,’ she reportedly said. ‘The shape of her ears will never change.’
Gu’s guilty plea at the trial was also a surprise to her 90-year-old mother Fan Chengxiu, who had lobbied politicians in Beijing, insisting her daughter was innocent.
No one from Gu’s family was allowed to attend the trial in the city of Hefei, hundreds of miles from where businessman Heywood was poisoned with cyanide in Chongqing, south-west China.
In the sleepy city of Langfang last week, there was no trace of Zhao Tianshao, who bloggers suspect is either a serving prisoner who agreed to the stand-in scheme to reduce her sentence, or an obedient low-ranking Communist Party orderly.
‘We know about the rumours but we have been warned not to make any inquiries about this woman,’ said a journalist on the city’s daily newspaper.
‘If we try to look for her, it will only bring big trouble for us.’
A police official in Langfang approached by The Mail on Sunday shook his head sternly when we asked if he could check official records for the woman.
‘There is no such person,’ he said sternly. ‘I can tell you now she does not exist.’
During Gu’s trial, the court was told that Mr Heywood allegedly threatened to ‘destroy’ her British-educated playboy son, Bo Guagua, 24, unless he was paid £13 million.
The sum was supposedly a commission on a £130 million property deal that went sour between Mr Heywood and Mr Bo, whom he had once mentored to win a place at British public school Harrow.
Chinese propagandists say Gu had a ‘wolfish appetite for sex’ and that MI6 pressed Mr Heywood to seduce her to prise Communist secrets from her.
Friends of Mr Heywood, who lived in Beijing with his wife Lulu and their two young children, describe the claims he had an affair with Gu as preposterous.
The use of body doubles in criminal cases is believed to be common in China.
In a recent case, a stand-in was hired to serve out a three-year prison sentence by the family of a wealthy youth who killed a 25-year-old engineer while speeding in his car.
In another case, a homeless man was paid £20 a day to serve out a businessman’s jail term.
The Gu Kailai stand-in rumours have exposed the depth of discord between government and people. ‘This is so sad for China,’ wrote one blogger.
‘There is no way the woman in court was Gu Kailai and everyone knows it. One day, we will see the truth.’
Behind the body-double rumours is the shadow of Gu’s husband Bo Xilai, once tipped as a future Chinese leader and now believed to have been held under house arrest at a secret location since the Heywood murder.
The fate of Bo, who was not implicated or even mentioned at his wife’s trial, remains uncertain with many believing he too knows too much about the affairs of China’s top leaders to ever face public trial.
Bo’s former deputy and police chief Wang Lijun is said to have bugged the rooms of visiting officials, including President Hu Jintao, when Bo was running the city of Chongqing.
Video: Gu Kailai reacts to suspended death sentence