Gu Kailai Jailed Over Heywood Murder

Gu Kailai

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been given a suspended death sentence for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Gu Kailai did not contest charges at her one-day trial that she poisoned Mr Heywood in November 2011.

Suspended death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment in China.

Her suspended sentence is sign of leniency. Murderers in China often face the firing squad.

Gu Kailai admitted premeditated murder. She confessed she lured Neil Heywood to Chongqing, procured cyanide, got him drunk, then poured the poison into his mouth. But she claimed she’d had a mental breakdown. The court said it accepted she was not in full control of her actions.

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