Bo Xilai 'under investigation for criminal offences'

According to state news agency Xinhua, China has formally launched a criminal probe into former senior politician Bo Xilai.

Bo Xilai pictured in January
Bo Xilai pictured in January Credit: Reuters

"The Supreme People's Procuratorate has decided to put Bo Xilai under investigation for alleged criminal offences," Xinhua said in a brief English-language report.

Bo's wife Gu Kailai and his former police chief Wang Lijun have both been jailed over the scandal stemming from the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

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Bo Xilai criminal investigation

China has begun a criminal investigation in to disgraced former Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, the state Xinhua news agency has aid.