A suspended death sentence for Gu Kailai effectively means that even after she is released from jail her public life is over.
It is also unlikely that her once powerful husband Bo Xilai will ever be seen in public again either.
Gu Kailai could be freed from jail within 10 years after being found guilty of killing British business consultant Neil Heywood.
A Chinese court has given Gu Kailai, the wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai, a suspended death sentence for the murder of Neil Heywood.
China's most politically explosive trial in three decades has ended after just one day as Gu Kailai did not contest charges of murder.