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Death sentence of Bo Xilai's wife reduced to life term

By Agencies
Death sentence of Bo Xilai's wife reduced to life term

This frame grab taken from Chinese television CCTV shows Gu Kailai (center ), the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, facing the court during her sentencing in Hefei, Anhui province on August 20, 2012. ( AFP PHOTO / CCTV)

BEIJING - A suspended death sentence for the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai has been commuted to life in prison, after she showed repentance and committed no further crime, according to media report on Monday.

Gu Kailai was sentenced in 2012 for murdering British businessman Neil Heywood the previous year, kicking off China's most sensational political scandal in years.

In a statement dated Nov 16 but released online Monday, Beijing High court said Gu has shown good behavior during prison labor and during "thought, cultural and technical study."

"The aforementioned criminal has recently certainly shown repentance," China National Radio reported the court as recommending in a statement, which added that Gu had not committed any crime since.

The statement was published on the official website of Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China on Dec 11, 2015. Bo was ousted as Party chief of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing and from the party's decision-making Politburo in 2012.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for corruption and abuse of power.

In a separate statement, the Beijing High Court recommended the suspended death sentence of Liu Zhijun, the disgraced former railways minister, be commuted to life in prison.

Liu was prosecuted for corruption and abuse of power in 2013.

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