Conflict & Justice

The Murder Case that Brought Down Chinese Communist Party Leader Bo Xilai

Former Chinese political leader Bo Xilai's wife was charged with the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood.

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Gu Kailai is accused of poisoning Heywood in his hotel room last November, and faces a death sentence.

Kailai is due in court this month.

But as The World's correspondent Mary Kay Magistad tells anchor Aaron Schachter, some aspects of this judicial process may have already been decided for Kailai.

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    Combination photograph shows Bo Xilai (L-R) as Chinese Minister of Commerce during a meeting in Beijing June 4, 2005; British businessman Neil Heywood at an Aston Martin dealership in Beijing May 26, 2010; and Gu Kailai, wife of China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo at a mourning for her father-in-law Bo Yibo, former vice-chairman of the Central Advisory Commission of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing January 17, 2007. China will try Gu on charges of murdering Heywood, state media said on July 26, 2012 in the latest turn in a scandal that has rocked the government in Beijing and could bring Gu the death penalty. REUTERS/Stringer/File (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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    Gu Kailai, wife of former Chinese Communist Party Leader Bo Xilai.