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Bo's wife blame breakdown for Brit's murder
HEFEI, China: The wife of Chinese politician Bo Xilai, whose downfall rocked the ruling elite,
has admitted murdering a British businessman and blamed her actions on a mental breakdown,
state media said.
Gu Kailai told her trial that she poisoned Neil Heywood after being pushed over the edge by
fears that her son was in danger, Xinhua news agency reported late on Friday, more than a day after
the trial wrapped up.
The former top lawyer said she would "accept and calmly face any sentence" handed down
by the court in the eastern city of Hefei following the seven-hour trial, one of the most high-profile
in recent Chinese history.
The verdict will be delivered at a later date, possibly days or weeks away, and while murder
carries the death penalty in China, experts say Gu is likely to be spared execution and will instead
face a long jail term. Heywood’s murder and allegations of a cover-up sparked the biggest political
scandal in China for years and led to the downfall of Bo, who had been tipped to become one of the
ruling Communist Party's top leaders.
It exposed deep divisions among China's rulers ahead of a sensitive 10-yearly handover of
power later this year, and observers say the party is keen to swiftly draw a line under the