Party throws out Bo Xilai

China's ruling Communist Party has expelled disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai from the party. He will also face criminal charges.

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Gu Kailai handed suspended death sentence for murder of UK businessman

A Chinese court has given Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence after finding her guilty of the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

Gu admitted poisoning Neil Heywood in November. She alleged that a business dispute between them led him to threaten her son, Bo Guagua. The sentence means that she is likely to face life in jail.

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China court due to give verdict in Gu Kailai murder trial

A Chinese court is due to deliver its verdict today against Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced politician Bo Xilai, on charges of killing British businessman Neil Heywood last year.

Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai Credit: Gu Kailai, wife of ousted Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Bo Xilai

Before entering the court, one of Gu's lawyers, Zhou Yuhao, told reporters: "I hope that the court delivers a fair verdict." Gu could receive the death penalty however some lawyers believe she is likely to instead receive a long jail term.

Official: China policemen admit Heywood cover-up attempt

Four Chinese police officers admitted to trying to cover up the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood by the wife of the ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, a court official said.

Court official Tang Yigan told reporters in the eastern city of Hefei that the four hid evidence of Gu Kailai's involvement in Mr Heywood's murder. Mr Tang did not say why the officers had sought to cover up the murder and made no mention of Mr Bo.

Reports: Bo Xilai's ex-ally to face trial next week

Ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai's former Chongqing police chief, Wang Lijun could stand trial in the southwestern city of Chengdu as early as next week, The South China Morning Post (£) has reported.

Mr Wang sought temporary refuge at Chengdu's US consulate in February after sources said he told Mr Bo that his wife was suspected of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood.

Mr Wang's flight to the US mission brought the scandal to light, which led to the politician's downfall.

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Reports: Bo Xilai's son denies business dispute with Heywood

The son of the woman accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood has denied being threatened by Mr Heywood before his death, Reuters has reported.

Bo Guagua, the son of former Chinese Communist party member Bo Xilai. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

On Thursday, a Chinese court official said prosecutors believed Gu Kailai, and a family aide, Zhang Xiaojun, killed Heywood by pouring poison down his throat after a business dispute led her to believe Heywood had sent a letter threatening Bo Guagua, then a student at Harvard University.

Mr Heywood and Mr Bo had fallen into dispute over Heywood's demand for a fee to help arrange a £130 million financial transaction, a source told the court.

"I cannot comment on any of the details (of the letter), but I can disclose that there is no such thing as either possessing or transferring £130 million," Mr Bo said in an e-mail sent to the news agency.

Chinese news names policemen in Heywood trial

Four police officers accused of covering up the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood will face a court hearing today, Chinese state news has reported.

Xinhua.net reported that the four policemen to be tried are accused of “bending the law to show favouritism”.

The news agency named the former deputy chief of the Chongqing’s Public Security Bureau, Guo Weiguo and Li Yang, former chief of the bureau’s criminal section. Other senior officers on trial include Wang Pengfei and Wang Zhi, both reportedly from the same bureau.

Four policeman accused of covering up Neil Heywood murder to go on trial

Gu Kailai is accused of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. Credit: Stringer China / Reuters

Four policeman accused of covering up the murder of Briton Neil Heywood are to go on trial today in China, a day after the wife of a former top politician was tried for the killing.

On Thursday, Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted Chinese politician Bo Xilai, had a one-day trial.

A court official said she did not contest the charges and a verdict will be delivered at a later date.

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