SCMP: Gu Kailai verdict set for MondayPosted: August 18, 2012
SCMP reports: “Trial of Bo Xilai’s wife is expected to result in lighter penalty than normal for murder, lawyers say
“The mainland authorities will announce the verdict in the murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai, on Monday morning, a court official confirmed yesterday.
“‘It’s set for next Monday morning at 9 o’clock,’ a spokeswoman said by telephone from the Anhui Intermediate People’s Court in Hefei, where the trial was held on August 9. She refused to give further details.”
“Gu and Zhang were charged with intentional homicide and they did not contest the charges.
“The most severe sentence for murder is death, but lawyers expect a lighter penalty after mainland media reported that Heywood had threatened Gu’s only son, Bo Guagua, and blamed her actions on a mental breakdown. “During those days last November, I suffered a mental breakdown after learning that my son was in jeopardy,” Xinhua quoted Gu as telling the court.”