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.


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.