Politician’s ouster tied to nepotism
BEIJING | One of China’s highestprofile politicians interfered in an investigation involving a family member before he was fired last week, according to a leaked transcript that has escalated what already was the country’s biggest political scandal in years.
Bo Xilai’s removal as Communist Party boss of Chongqing city appears to have brought a stop to the career of one of the country’s most ambitious politicians.
The scandal has played out in an exceptionally public way — albeit with few concrete details released — and has fueled speculation that Mr. Bo’s ouster was linked to competition for top spots when a new generation of national leaders is installed later this year.
The nepotism allegation against Mr. Bo is unusual, partly because such abuse of power is thought to be widely tolerated among Chinese officials. salvo in a dispute about conditions at Afghan prisons that has been raging since the United Nations first documented torture last year.
The dispute is likely to become even more important as the U.S. moves to transfer its detention operations to Afghan authorities in coming months.
NATO and U.S. forces stopped transferring their battlefield detainees to 16 Afghan prisons in July after the U.N. found evidence of torture at the facilities.