August 20th, 2012
12:28 AM ET

Court suspends death sentence following murder conviction of Gu Kailai

A Chinese court on Monday suspended the death sentence of Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced Communist Party leader, after finding her guilty of murder in the death of a British businessman, a family source said.

Gu's death sentence is likely be commuted to a life sentence, if she doesn't commit any crimes during a two-year reprieve, as is customary in the Chinese legal system. Her sentence could be even further reduced for good behavior.

She was jailed immediately following the verdict.

Gu and a former household aide went on trial August 9 on charges of poisoning 41-year-old Neil Heywood.

Near the end of that day's court proceedings, she said according to state-run news agency Xinhua that she "accepted all the facts written in the indictment" - including poisoning the Brit at a time when she thought her son's life was in danger.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. uhadit

    The Chinese Court did thr right thing by commuting death sentenced to life imprisonment she should be paroled at the earliest if she is good in prison

    August 20, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sinfully Yours

    Details! Give us details! I mean, was it thin crust, hand-tossed, pan style, New York, or stuff-crust? Was it a chain or homestyle? We need more details!

    August 20, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. USAFrank

    People of the United States of America and China,
    Wow,what a suprise,it's obvious there are 2 tiers of justice in China just like the United States.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |