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Wife of Disgraced Chinese Politician Sentenced

21 August 2012

The wife of a disgraced Chinese politician received a suspended death sentence on Monday for the murder of a British businessman, as authorities move to tidy up a huge political scandal ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition this fall. Gu Kailai’s sentencing clears the way for the ruling Communist Party to deal with her husband, Bo Xilai, who was formerly one of China’s most prominent politicians before being stripped of his Politburo post in the scandal. Bo has not been directly implicated in the murder of Neil Heywood, but is accused of grave violations of party discipline.—AP